by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes, Transport.

snipshot_k1tue5gtl.jpgThe site we’re grabbing this from mentions Ed Begley Jr. as being ‘the reigning poster boy of environmental activists’. I’m not so sure about that — but the guy is definitely finding a second career in promoting the benefits of electric transportation. It’s quite interesting to see a possible second dawn for these vehicles. Many people, four years ago, thought the electric car wouldn’t return for decades to come. Now, with hybrids pushing R&D and batteries actually catching up to the 21st Century, weaning ourselves completely off oil for daily commutes is not such a radical idea.

Begley was promoting an electric truck — similar to a Subaru Baja — and had this to say,

“He touted the benefits of electric vehicles and hybrids, focusing on the economic benefits. “Forget about the environment,” he said, noting that it cost him $12 to drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. “It fits my pocketbook.”

Interesting argument, and the economic feature is sadly the one feature that will make people take notice. A little about the truck,

“The Phoenix SUT is designed with a range of 100 miles and can be recharged in 10 minutes with a fast charger. Otherwise, it takes about 7 hours with a conventional outlet. Top speed in the 3,800-pound truck is 95 mph. The GVWR is 4,800 pounds, which gives the SUT a 1,000-pound payload.”

Estimated cost is about $45K; which is actually pretty reasonable for high-tech. I figure that in about five years, we’ll start to see more electric vehicles below the 30K price tag in SUV and compact flavors. I’ll call mine the Begley Jr.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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