Electric Cars:Can Care Givers Depend Upon Them?

Electric cars are being proclaimed as our answer for dwindling energy supplies.  We’re supposed to embrace them now even though the technology is not quite here yet.

We know consumers are not beating down the doors to buy them because of the non- sales.  The latest victim is the Chevy Volt which according to Reuters, is losing around $49,000 per car.

Why?  Why don’t consumers jump at the chance to save loads of money at the pump?

I think I have the answer from a care giver’s point of view.  We can’t totally depend upon them.

Your car is one of your lifelines when you caregive.  You need a car that can take you to the emergency room, doctor’s appointments, and anything else your aging parents will need.  So what happens when the electricity goes out?  How can you “refill” an electric car you have to plug up for hours?

Therefore the answer.  I could have saved GM millions right there.

Here’s the point.   We had a series of small storms here in Nashville a few weeks ago.  I didn’t think much about them until the electricity went out sometime after 1 AM.  A neighbor’s tree had fallen across the transformer and that started a bureaucratic nightmare that lasted for 40 hours.    I won’t get into the details on why I think that happened whereas fifteen years ago it would have been fixed by NES as soon as dawn probably. But that’s another subject for this blog on how we always need to be prepared for any emergency with our parents.

Where would we have been if I hadn’t had a car that I could rely upon? ( It’s another Chevrolet, actually, a gas driven one that didn’t cost anywhere near what a Volt cost.  I refuse to pay big bucks for a thing that loses value the minute it comes out of the showroom.)

I spent tons of time going out for every meal including breakfast.  I was up and out at the Green Hills McDonalds at 5:30 AM just so we could have coffee.  I was at Walmart buying supplies like batteries, those little camping lanterns and sandwiches.  We went to Chick-fil-A  often, but we did it all in a car that still runs on gasoline, thank goodness.

Okay, I’ll conclude.  What I’m trying to say is until we don’t have brown outs and black outs, we’re not really going to be able to use these cars.  If the electricity goes out, and stays out, what then?  Just asking.

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