Even if you could wave a technological magic wand and solve every problem with EVs, a bigger concern is whether this focus on personal electric vehicles will monopolize public resources that would be much better spent in other ways.
The amount we drive is a matter of public policy, shaped by land use and transportation policies that underinvest in transit and make walking and biking ever more dangerous. We can flip that starting now.
A new video about the dangers of car dependency by a popular automotive vlogger is prompting a conversation about how people who love cars can help dismantle a transportation system that privileges autos above all else.
Bad news, livable streets people: Motorists are generally far happier with their daily commutes than we are — an indication that investing in transit, biking and walking alone won't get drivers out of their cars.
So why do transportation leaders spend so much time drafting "pedestrian master plans" and "bike master plans" without accompanying "car master plans" aimed at building a world where fewer people get behind the wheel?