Electric vehicles are Fake Green. People that drive them often have a cult fake green mentality. For some reason they feel special to be driving electric. Driving is the problem and the car culture is what has destroyed the planet and our species. That said we are where we are and that is a car culture necessary for survival. Electric vehicles are part of the solution to lowering our foot print if we are also pushing into renewables with vigor. In many places we are doing this so this makes EV part of the solution. Hybrids are part of the solution too because they fill many applications well. Both EV’s, hybrids, and fuel cell technology need to be pushed and ICE vehicles slowly taken from the road. Most of all our modern consumeristic mobile mentality reshaped instead of adapted with Fake Green fancy shit like EV vehicles. Most EV are sold to the rich who are the biggest consumers of resources by far green or not.
The Real Green approach is to go local. In all fairness this does not work except for some but it should be an option governments around the world are pushing. Subsidize low footprint lifestyles and green good behavior. Eco communities could be certified and supported with economic protection. Eco communities would voluntarily go low tech and simplify. This means leaving normal life much as monks did in the Middle Ages with the difference being economic and environmental not religious. Monasteries are a blue print for what these communities would resemble. Eco communities engage in permaculture even more so. Many poor in the third world are already there so policies should avoid disrupting what they have and an effort made to keep them from developing into a modern consumer.
Industrial Ag is something we need to move away from at least partly for a lower foot print and food supply resilience. Electric with renewable power is part of this. Tractors can go electric and the greatly reduced transport these eco communities would engage in also electric. These communities could pack the vehicle with people for multi tasked trips for supplies and sale of goods. This would be a very low foot print compared to normal people who drive single occupancy vehicles EV or not. These communities could be powered by renewables off the grid with a lifestyle adapted to intermittency. Their surplus power if any sold to the grid along with their eco harvested food production.
EV’s do not make you green. Most EV’s are fossil fuel charged to some extent because the grid is not green. This whole EV thing is in some ways a farce but they are trying and it is better than Trump Orange or Conservative brown that are anti-green and mainly profit oriented. Real Green is planet oriented first. We all know these activities have to make a return. Wolves don’t survive if their rabbit catch was more effort than the meal gives. This is where the certification comes in. An energy audit is needed to allow economic support and protection. The EV cult mentality needs to be taken from Fake Green to Real Green for those who can and who in their heart want to dedicate their lives to the planet and the web of life.