The first electric car for the masses is here. It’s time to start planning for a renewable energy future.

For those of you who have missed me, I’ve been taking some time off enjoying holidays with an expanding family. Number one son is getting married, and I’ve already got a “World’s Greatest Father-in-Law” coffee cup. If I’d known it was this easy, I’d have skipped the son and gone straight to the daughter-in-law.

Lots is happening on the energy/climate front, and I’ve got a number of posts started, but I saw something today that really brought home how fast the world of energy is changing.

Whenever I write something remotely negative about the oil and gas industry, I’m sure to get at least one email that says something like, “If you hate oil and gas so much, why don’t you get rid of your car and start walking?” I usually resist the urge to respond, although I’ve got some good comebacks up my sleeve.

What got me so excited is that, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, Chevrolet announced that it has won the race to produce a truly affordable electric car. It’s called the Chevy Bolt, ready for sale later this year.

Chevy BoltPriced at about $30,000 after a federal rebate, it’s got a range of 200 miles. That’s less than the average price of a car in the United States. This makes it the first electric car ever produced to get excellent range at a great price. It is truly “the electric car for the masses.”

Tesla is expected to follow up with a similar offering this spring.

It’s not going to replace your truck this year, but we’re pretty much reaching the point where I can actually give up my oil-consuming car and replace it with one that hardly uses any at all. And if that’s the case in 2016, it probably won’t be much past 2020 before you can replace your gas guzzling pickup with an affordable electric replacement.

Vehicle consumption currently accounts for about 70% of our oil usage in this county. The Chevy Bolt is like the first robin of spring. There are many more that will follow.

It’s time to start planning for a renewable energy future.

 

About davidjkatz

The Moses family has lived on the Stillwater River since 1974, when George and Lucile Moses retired and moved to the Beehive from the Twin Cities. They’re gone now, but their four daughters (pictured at left, on the Beehive) and their families continue to spend time there, and have grown to love the area. This blog started as an email chain to keep the family informed about the threat of increased fracking activity in the area, but the desire to inform and get involved led to the creation of this blog.
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3 Responses to The first electric car for the masses is here. It’s time to start planning for a renewable energy future.

  1. Lt. Col (Ret) Rich Liebert says:

    The Chinese are now AHEAD of the good ‘Ol USA in electric car sales and another shame on us since we HAD hundreds of electric cars before World War I and now we’re fossil-fuel serfs. Schweitzer’s new book ‘Power Up’ jumps right out on electric cars and the Governor highlights his personal experience riding in them. The classic film ‘Who killed the electric car’ should have shown the real culprits as it was the emergence of BIG OIL after World War I that not only crushed the biofuels (remember Diesel designed his engine to run on peanut oil and other plants) but also the early electric car market. Let’s fight for GREEN IN 2016 and we’re all on the move Dave and the Kings and Princes of Koal, Gas and Oil are in a panic and need to plan and that goes double for the Colstrip Clan and Sen. Duane Ankney and company to get his folks ready for change.

  2. davidjkatz says:

    Love your enthusiasm and commitment. Change is coming. Our job is to keep pushing until the tipping point comes.

  3. Pingback: The first electric car for the masses is here. It’s time to start planning for a renewable energy future. | Preserve the Beartooth Front – WORLD ORGANIC NEWS

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