Brent Toderian wrote a great Twitter thread on electric vehicles. He argues that while electric vehicles are a step in the right direction, avoiding cars all together is even better. In the same way that reducing and reusing is better than recycling.
Automakers want us to think everyone needs a car. And that it’s ok that parking occupies more land than housing in Los Angeles. And that, to quote one of my favorite movies, people still love their cars.
Never forget, the electric car is here to save the car industry, not the planet. Brent Toderian
After reading this, I couldn’t get it out of my head.
Cars do not have to be so central in our lives. We’re already seeing cities embracing green transport and car-free zones, so I’m encouraged to see things like this in popping up in places like the Garden State Plaza in Paramus NJ (since folks in suburbs are more dependent on their cars).