I love my 8 year old car. She has 160,000 miles on her and still zips down the road at 31 MPG. My husband says I need a new car. Or truck. He knows that often I arrive home with a load of broken (free and 1/2 price) bags of mulch and compost. I found a bale of straw on the roadside one day and stuffed it in her trunk. I don’t want a new car. I like this one. She’s been repainted everywhere due to deer and bumper encounters. She sees my favorite mechanic regularly for maintenance. Ideally, my next mode of transportation could be a horse. Or a bicycle. But one is prohibited by my zoning ordinance and eats a lot of fuel. The other requires me to eat a lot of fuel to get to my work and personal obligations.
Actually, the built environment limits my transportation options. There are no sidewalks where I live – bikes, walkers and horses all share the road with 4 wheelers (illegal but widely used) and motor vehicles. I live 20 miles from my office via interstate and the closest grocery store is 15 miles away. I admire the communities that are evaluating and implementing Safe Walkable pathways. Even developers are paying attention by grouping homes and services together in ways that eliminate the need for transportation.
Current technology limits my transportation options also. I want transportation that is environmentally safe and efficient, affordable and convenient. Alternatives to fossil fuel for transportation needs to be available if we are to improve our impact on climate and economies. No or low emissions should be our goal. Hydrogen, solar, and hybrid technologies are emerging and evolving slowly but still not enough to divest the transportation industry from fossil fuel dependance. I am watching the innovators try everything from algae to liquid metal to perpetual motion. I’m hoping for a breakthrough in technology.
A friend just got a new hybrid beauty that brags 54 MPG. I’m excited for the possibilities.
I want a vehicle that runs on air, has solar powered paint to play my music, bicycle pedals for in-town driving and a trunk big enough for a bale of straw.
What do you want to drive?