Electric cars are set to roll out here on the streets of Portland, Oregon. Oregon is slated to receive up to 1000 Nissan Electric Cars, and 2,500 “fueling” stations, and is one of only 5 test cases getting funding of this kind. The Nissan’s vehicles should be on the road sometime in 2010. The Portland metro area is going to be the first in the state to put them on the road, with Salem and Eugene probably close behind.
I’m stoked about this, but it seems sad that it’s taken so long for the feds to get onto this bandwagon. Electric cars have been around a long time, the technology has been good, and most of the crap the auto companies spout off about why they haven’t made them till now (not efficient enough, can’t run long enough, not cool enough–see pic bellow) is bullshit.
As is true with so many things, once you put something on the market, a market somehow emerges for it. I’m hoping that happens with the Government plan.
I also wonder if the feds, who now are the major share holder of GM, won’t try and use that influence to change the composition of cars on the road. I also don’t know how I’d feel about that. Part of me shirks at the thought of a Government run auto company. But, the other part of me is shocked by the lack of change toward better vehicle technology.
We’re a nation wholly dependent on foreign oil, most of which comes from Arab countries. With electric cars we would increase our dependence on coal–that’s bad. But, it’s the lesser of two evils. And sometimes them’s the only choices we get.