Eternal combustion

So Tam and her roomie are now running an electric lawn mower — a cordless electric lawn mower at that — and some of their peer group find this inexplicable for a couple of proper ‘Murrican girls; geez, what’s next, you two, those sissy electric cars?

Tam isn’t taking that from them, because of course she isn’t:

First, the electric car has come of age, at least as an urban/suburban commuter. It means that never again does the city or suburban driver have to go to a gas station or convenience store, which are, let’s face it, the watering holes on the Serengeti of crime.

Second, the Tesla seems to be marketed pretty well as … well, an urban commuter rocketship.

“But, Tam! You can’t take roadtrips in it!” In my experience, people in the Tesla-buying bracket usually fly, anyway. And when they do take roadtrips, they do so in rented vehicles so as not to run up the miles on their POV.

I haven’t been in the market for one of these ampere-swilling contraptions, mostly for the same reason Tam isn’t:

The Tesla’s not the kind of car for me, but that’s because I’m poor and need my own vehicle to be able to run to Texas as well as it runs to the corner store.

Which would seem to be a justification for the hybrid, which cuts your gasoline safaris in half while not requiring you to spend the rest of your life in search of an open two-twenty line. Maybe I won’t ever do another World Tour, but I’m not about to sneer at someone whose exhaust consists largely of electrons.


  1. fillyjonk »

    4 July 2017 · 11:58 am

    that’s exactly the reason why I will unlikely ever have one. Perhaps 85%-90% of the trips I take are within 10 miles of home – and perhaps 95% are within 70 miles round trip. But that rare long-distance trip – sometimes taken on the spur of the moment – well, renting a car locally (which is the solution proposed) is enough of a logistical nightmare to make me stick with my ol’ Ford.

    And anyway: if 90% of your trips are within 10 miles, your gas usage and carbon footprint are still less than that city-dweller who flies every time s/he wants to go outside the city…

  2. McG »

    4 July 2017 · 12:15 pm

    Mrs. McG finds that her hybrid gets scarcely better mileage on road trips than her last non-hybrid did. Which she never would have found complaint-worthy if she’d never commuted in her hybrid.

    I can only imagine, though, what kind of MPG-equivalent she’d be getting with a more urban commute.

  3. Holly H »

    5 July 2017 · 1:52 pm

    My precious Ford C-Max (hybrid) got nearly 50 mpg on this morning’s commute. LOVE THAT CAR. And it doesn’t have a tiny squeezed cabin, like a Prius, and doesn’t feel like a tin can, like the Honda FIT. Sigh. Sucks to be the rest of you, sorry about that.

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