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Poll & Article: The Guilt & Embarrassment Of NOT Driving An EV

For several years now, I’ve felt both guilt and embarrassment for not driving an EV. I wonder how many other CleanTechnica readers who don’t own an EV yet, who own an ICE (internal combustion engine) car, feel similarly.

For several years now, I’ve felt both guilt and embarrassment for not driving an EV. I wonder how many other CleanTechnica readers who don’t own an EV yet, who own an ICE (internal combustion engine) car, feel similarly. This article is intended to bring to the surface a possible undercurrent that may exist for many of us who care about the environment, and the climate crisis, and who support EVs.

My next car will be an EV, but mostly for financial reasons (caused primarily by doing a lot of non-paying community volunteer work), I’m not at the moment in a position to buy a new or even a used EV. This bothers me. Every time I go to a gas station and pay money to the oil industry, it bothers me. It bothers me a lot.

Perhaps one might think that the commitment to EVs is shallow. I read CleanTechnica daily, I have for several years, and watch a number of YouTubers who are focused on EVs, including Zac and Jesse of Now You Know, Ben Sullins of Teslanomics, Sean Mitchell of All Things EV, Gali Russell of HyperChange TV, Fully Charged, Tesla Owners Online, Kyle Field, Frugal Tesla Guy, Sandy Munro on Autoline, Tesloop, and E for Electric. I’m a member of the local EV club, and I run a local Green Community Meetup group.

Nissan Leafs with plates: OHM MY and GASSUXX. Photo credit: Daryl Elliott

I love new technology, and I’ve attended a local electric utility event where I got to drive a Tesla Model 3, Model S, Nissan Leaf, and Chevy Bolt. There’s another one this weekend that I’ll be attending where I hope I can drive a Model X. I care about the environment, live vegan in part due to environmental considerations, and have studied and written about climate heating here, here, and here.

In short, while I consider myself a well informed and strong supporter of EVs, I still reluctantly drive a gasoline vehicle.

Tesla Model S, National Drive Electric Week event, Las Vegas. Photo credit: Daryl Elliot

While thinking about these topics, I wondered if other CleanTechnica readers are in this situation or had thoughts to offer on the topic. It’s reasonable to expect that a lot of us are in the my-next-car-will-be-an-EV situation, which of course represents pent up purchasing demand. My question is whether or not others in this situation feel any guilt or embarrassment.

Tesla Model S (two), Chevy Volt, Fiat 500e ready for test drives at Electric Car Ride ‘n Drive EVent, 2018, Las Vegas. Photo credit: Stan Hanel

So, here’s a reader poll for CleanTechnica readers who own cars that aren’t EVs:

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Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, Fiat 500e, and BMW i3 queue up for test drives at Electric Car Ride ‘n Drive EVent, 2018, Las Vegas. Photo credit: Stan Hanel

Please leave your comments below in the Disqus section. I’ll be interested to learn if my reaction to this issue is an outlier situation or if this topic strikes a nerve for others as well.

Follow up July 28, 2019

Poll Results


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