In our rush to find alternatives to fossil fuels and our lust for energy saving devices we often find ourselves creating worse problems than the ones we started with. For instance, we ban Thomas Edison’s light bulb in favor of the compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) and later find out we are creating a new environmental threat in the process.
“Honey, we need a new light bulb in the den.”
“Well dear get the Hazmat suit on and go replace it.”
Not to mention the strange hue of light these new fangled bulbs emit. CFL’s: Making even the most expensive house look like a cheap motel.
And now this story from Barkhamsted Connecticut where a Chevy Volt is being blamed for burning down a families garage as the electric hybrid vehicle was being charged overnight in the couples garage. Lets face it the massive amount of electricity that must be used to recharge these vehicles is probably hell on old houses with old-fashioned wiring. In this case only a well placed firewall saved the family from losing their home as well as the garage. This will likely not be the only time something like this happens as more and more folks move to buy electric vehicles in an attempt to reduce their carbon footprint.
This single incident probably reversed all the possible positive effects on the environment that all the Chevy Volts ever sold (or will be sold) could have made. Just imagine all the black, thick, smoke that was sent into the atmosphere in this one event. And furthermore, while I certainly don’t have anything against new technologies I would rather spend a tad bit more on gas than save a few extra bucks at the pump yet spend it all (and then some) getting my garage rebuilt.
My gut-feel is this story will not get much traction in the media and eventually they will pin it on something other than the electric car so that the public will not be deterred from buying vehicles that they are pressuring us to buy.
The truth is most folks don’t want over priced, under performing electric vehicles, let alone the type that burst into flames while you sleep at night. But that certainly wont stop the marketing executives as well as the government from coercing us into buying them….
Chevy Volt: Great on gas, terrible on garages.
Chevy Volt: Saving our environment, ruining your garage.
Chevy Volt: Reducing our dependence on foreign oil and reducing our garage to a pile of ashes.
Chevy Volt: Shrinking our carbon footprint yet not the footprints you will leave running for the fire hose.
Chevy Volt: Helping you to live green and garage free since 2011.
Chevy Volt: Charges while you sleep and also catches your garage on fire.
Chevy Volt: Put a electric hybrid vehicle in your garage while you still have one.
Chevy Volt: The money you will save at the pump will help you to pay the deductible on your homeowners insurance.