With the price of gasoline, I’m surprised that sales of electric cars have not increased, says letter writer. NEWS BULLETIN file photo

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Electric car technology is improving

There will be a period of transition to new tech, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: Gasoline, not batteries, keeps us going and going, Letters, April 4.

The first automobiles were steam powered, the impracticability of their early 19th-century technology now long since superseded.

Electric cars followed, but battery technology was yet in its infancy, and while other fuel sources were exploited, gasoline proved to be the most economic and efficient of all.

And just as the earliest of gasoline-powered engines had a range limited by the technology of the day, so too the range of electric vehicles will increase notably as battery technology evolves.

There will be a period of transition where we must depend on out-dated technology as the new arises, just as people on horses shared and gradually made way for newer forms of transportation. We still need to have horses, just not on the highway, just as there will be a need for oil, just not in motor vehicles.

Charles Boyle, Nanaimo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gasoline, not batteries, keeps us going and going

OPINION: Electric cars aren’t a saviour yet on a warming globe

To the editor,

Re: Gasoline, not batteries, keeps us going and going, Letters, April 4.

Tesla has rounded out its electric vehicle lineup with the Model Y high-performance, all-wheel-drive crossover.

It now offers everything from entry-level cars to high-end luxury sedans, full-body SUVs, crossover SUVs, high-performance roadsters, and even semi-trailer trucks.

With the price of gasoline, I’m surprised that sales of electric cars have not increased like they have in Europe. There seems to be a concern about the battery and the electric motor. I had a motor and a lithium ion battery installed on my bike 14 years ago. I have never had a problem with either one.

When my wife and I were married in 1950, we bought a GE refrigerator. The 69-year-old motor is still running quietly and keeping our beer and juices much colder than the stainless steel monster in the kitchen.

Jack Nellist, Nanaimo

The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the writer and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

Just Posted

Departure Bay Eco-School students calling for old cellphones

Grade 7 students at Nanaimo school taking part in Recycle My Cell Earth Month Challenge

RDN to share cost of Parksville’s goose harvest

City asked regional district to pay one-third of $35K expense

Woman who was chased and tackled by break-and-enter victim sentenced in Nanaimo court

Natasha Geraldine Harris, 28, was sentenced to time served and will be released from jail

Health minister talks opioid crisis in campaign stop in Nanaimo

Support of cabinet ministers ‘incredible’ experience, says Liberal candidate

First Nanaimo-Ladysmith all-candidates’ meeting is tomorrow

Six candidates expected to debate issues Thursday, April 25, at the Beban Park social centre

VIDEO: Driver in bizarre hit-and-run at B.C. car dealership turns herself in

Police believe alcohol was a factor in incident causing estimated $15,000 in damages

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

B.C. woman, 76, challenges alcohol-screening laws after failing to give breath sample

Norma McLeod was unable to provide a sample because of her medical conditions

New report on 2017 wildfires calls for better coordination with B.C. First Nations

Tsilhqot’in National Government documents 2017 disaster and lists 33 calls to action

B.C. youth coach banned amid sexual harassment, bullying scandal: Water Polo Canada

Justin Mitchell can’t take part in Water Polo Canada events or clubs

Wilson-Raybould: Feds want to just ‘manage the problem’ of Indigenous Peoples

Former federal justice minister speaks at First Nations Justice Council meeting in B.C.

Nanaimo Astronomy Society already anticipating next moon mission

Society’s next meeting is on Thursday, April 25, at Beban Park social centre

Historian happily surprised about Morden Mine funding

What took so long for support for restoration work, asks columnist

Upgrades planned for Gabriola ferry terminal

Plans call for new loading ramp, creation of a vehicle holding area and new terminal building

Most Read