Iv’e been hearing about electric cars since I was a kid (I’m almost 60) and it’s always been the realm of science fiction.
That’s why I couldn’t help but break into a huge grin while recently driving the Volt on the 401 to my Whitby home. No … I’ll never walk on the moon (like many people will some day) and I’ll never experience a flying car (that will never happen, anyway) but at least I’ve been able to see and touch a
prediction that has been bandied about for a long time.
Yes … I know we’ve had various forms of electric cars for a long time. But finally we have a product that is viable. The technology is there … but is the will?
WILL the cost of hydro go up as the wonderful vehicles start proliferating our neighbourhoods and the power companies see profits rising. making them expensive to run?
WILL the cost of gas drop — tempting us to hold on to our old technology — as the oil industry sees profits sinking.
Only time will tell.
But right now it’s reassuring to knowing that science and engineering have the capability to produce an alternative form of transportation to the internal combustion engine. And don’t think communities aren’t taking note.
Every night I've had the car in my driveway, I've been approached by men and women walking their dogs or strolling (while I do my best at gardening), wanting to know what the car is all about. I answer as many questions as I can, but I’m no expert.
But everyone says the time is nigh that we quit fouling our air with carbon deposits and relinquish our dependency on oil rich countries — including our own.
Many of my neighbours are in their 30s and 40s and are very, very ecologically attuned. Recycling is treated like a Holy Day with curbs filled with material that will be reused. One close neighbour knocked on my door one night asking for a ride in the vehicle — he was so interested — but it wasn’t
available. I gave him a rain check.
My only complaint about the Volt was the fact I found too many rear blind spots. I always feel a bit uncomfortable when changing lanes, thinking perhaps I had missed something approaching.
But other than that, it’s a great car.
PAUL IRISH, Toronto Star Reporter