So what you basically say is that it is the male ego that is hindering the electric car?
You've got to be kidding. That's
all you took away from what I've said here?
Now, situation might be a bit different in the USA compared to Europe as you seem to indeed have to handle slightly larger distances, but in reality for at least 95% of people the speed and distance an electric car would offer would cover all daily needs.
The situation is
different in the USA, but not at all slightly. This isn't a case of adding a few kms to the distances you travel; it's a case of adding a few zeroes.
Don't presume to tell 95% of Americans, who live practically on the other side of the world from you, what we need from our automobiles. The Tesla Roadster, thus far the world's most impressive electric passenger car, has a range just over 220 miles. For a significant portion of the population, that's to work and back. Good luck running any errands until it's charged up again, and be mindful that we're talking max range, here. Turn on the radio? Decreased range. Run the heater or air conditioner? Decreased range. Need your headlights? Decreased range. This is a type of vehicle that's not ready for the responsibility you're so eager to place upon it, and it very well may be many years before it is.
How for is your workplace from home? Would you really not be able to reach it with an electric car?
I don't currently have a job, but I have classes ~30 miles away, which is close
. I certainly wouldn't have been able to reach Atlanta in any existing electric car.
Furthermore, it's not a question of merely arriving at my destination. If that's all that was important, the auto industry wouldn't be nearly so large.
How fast are you allowed to drive there? Would you really not be able to reach that speed with an electric car?
Interstate speed limits vary from 65 to unlimited depending on where you are. In certain parts of the country, a speed limit sign can be considered a suggestion, if you're careful. LOAF and I spent a reasonable amount of time at 130mph on our last trip, and my brother has made it from my home town to Orlando, FL in 11 hours. That's 1200 miles in a big American car filled with luggage and passengers, at 110mph with the climate control on. No, an electric car can't do that.
Yeah I know that fancy sports car or that hummer is hotter and feeds you ego, but if it was a pure rational decision...
You sound bitter.
An automobile purchase isn't purely rational, nor should it be. I happen to be a fan of machines and have a passion for automobiles - shocking, I know. I'm not some ascetic monk, I'm a normal American motorist.
Maybe things are different for you, but where I'm from we have the luxury of being able to make these decisions in a post-rational way. I chose my car because it's beautiful and fast and a pleasure to drive. If I merely wanted an A-to-B shitbox I'd have bought whatever it is you drive.
As far as nuclear (at least conventional one - fusion is another topic) power goes, that would be the worst option of all. Besides being the most dangerous to follow and the unsolvable problem of the nuclear waste it wouldn't even work.
If people would 'waste' nuclear power like we do for oil we would be out of fuel in less then 10 years. There is actually an incredibly small amount of radioactive material.
Your total illiteracy in this case is pretty amusing, and I'm sure LOAF and Spartan689 could set you straight about a lot of things. The only way to "waste" nuclear power is to avoid using it.
I think it's hilarious that you joined this discussion trying to play the urbane European come - with pity - to set knuckle-dragging colonists like me straight. I don't really need
that Humvee, now do I? I can be taught to stop beating my chest, and learn how to make a rational
It's gratifying to me to see it backfire. You have no concept of the sheer scale of the United States or what we need and want from automobiles and you have no understanding of nuclear power. All you've managed to do is expose just how deliciously provincial and judgemental you are. I love it.