To fix the transportation system, do we really need to swap electric cars for gasoline cars?
If the only problem is oil supply & global warming then maybe all we need do is change the drive train in the cars and keep on driving cars.
I believe highways are ugly. I believe highways are a poor use of land. Fact is that each car requires 7 or more parking spaces set aside for it, which means tying up a lot of land with asphalt covering that could be put to better uses.
Lots and lots of people want walkable communities with a vibrant street life that can be appreciated at a human scale. Instead what the developers and cities are giving us is vast parking lots festering urban spaces with unwalkability. The buildings today are built for the scale of someone speeding by at 70 miles/hr on the neighboring highway, rather than to be an interesting place to walk around and explore by foot.
Walkable communities are healthier than ones where the people are trapped in cars for everyplace they go.
It's hugely pleasant to ride my electric bicycle around. While my electric car is fun, the bicycle is a joy on many levels.
In July my gas car died and was eventually sold as a "mechanics special" leaving me without a car for several months because the electric car wasn't finished. With my electric cargo bike I could get around just fine and take care of all sorts of business without a car. It was only a problem when my girlfriend was here to visit because she was unable to ride my bicycles.