We’ve been hearing so long about how electric cars are going to save us from a horrible environmental fate that we may have overlooked one minor detail. Stephen Smith of Market Urbanism, however, didn’t:
I’m not going to lay out a long case against electric cars right now, but suffice it to say I think they’re just another subsidy to the auto-based system, and that the true environmental harm in cars is not their actual emissions, but the land use patterns that they necessitate, and an electric battery doesn’t change this one bit.
Imagine this little scenario at breakfast:
Spouse 1: So this little Nissan Leaf can do 70 miles on a single charge?
Spouse 2: I’d bet more like 55 or 60 if the weather’s nasty, but nobody really knows for sure.
Spouse 1: Still, even with a 55-mile range, we could buy that house out there on 220th Street and still be within commuting distance.
For those who insist that we need to bring people back to the urban core, this has all the makings of a Step Backwards.