Pop quiz: What do the three vehicles listed above – the Leaf
, the Mini E
and the Think City
– have in common? Well, probably a lot since they are all pure electric vehicles
, but the answer we were looking for was that they all have a 100-mile range (give or take). While this range is less than a third of most conventional cars with a full tank of gasoline, Sami Grover over at Treehugger
wonders if this short range isn't a good
thing and that an electric car's
limited range may "actually be their biggest benefit." How's that now? Okay, let us explain. When Grover says "benefit," he's really talking about the benefit to society and the environment, not so much a benefit to sales or to drivers and what they expect from a $30,000 (give or take) piece of machinery.
What it boils down to is the notion that, perhaps, instead of molding electric vehicles to fit the demands of society, some people could start molding themselves to the limitations of the vehicle. That means taking public transportation for longer trips or simply not taking the trip at all. If this mentality spread to enough people, it could eventually lead to more 'localization' in cities and society in general, a reduction of petroleum required to sustain life and other benefits. It's not an easy adaptation to make, but no one ever said getting off oil would be a cakewalk.