The world's climate scientists are telling us that the planet doesn't have the luxury to wait for governments to "maybe" or "someday" mandate the lifestyle changes scientists believe need to happen. "The time is now for people to wake up from their daily routines and take personal action by making the necessary changes in their lifestyle and purchases that experts are saying must occur." says Ryan Logtenberg, Director of the 2° Institute. A transition away from a fossil fuel driven economy is one of those steps and thankfully individuals now have a choice to drastically reduce their own carbon footprint through a single decision of making the next car they buy an electric one.
With the anticipation of a new generation of 300km+ (200 mile) range electric vehicles in 2017 in a price range comparable to mass produced gas vehicles, it will now be easier than ever for the average middle-class consumer to make the leap to the new paradigm of zero emission personal transportation. To help individuals take this step, The 2° Institute is asking people to take the Electric Car Pledge: that when they are ready to shop for their next vehicle, that next vehicle they buy will be an electric one.
Why Take the Electric Car Plege?
By taking the pledge, you are making a real decision that you will stop directly contributing to climate change with your next vehicle purchase. We understand that there may not be an electric vehicle currently available that adequately fulfills your needs (ie: pickup truck). The Electric Pledge allows you to keep driving your existing vehicle until a suitable electric equivalent comes to market. If that means further delaying your next vehicle purchase and driving your current one for longer then you planned, please accept that reality. Every major car manufacturer is quickly ramping up their electric vehicle lineup so you may find your wait may be a lot shorter than you think and well worth it! See what's available today.
Percent of an average person's carbon footprint that comes from transportation (driving and flying). That's a big number that can be seriously reduced (depending on your electricity source), just by switching over to an electric car!
The percentage of vehicles in North America that are powered by fossil fuels. We need to replace these vehicles with electric and fast.
Estimated number of electric or plug-in electric cars in North America. We need to get this number up, big time. Pledge to make your next car electric.
A major car website once asked if carbon [climate change] was the right reason to get car buyers to switch to electric cars. If they were to pose this question to the world's climate scientists, their response would be a resounding "absolutely!". Climate change is such an enormous threat to our planet and all life that depends on it (including ourselves) that all other benefits of owning an electric car are trivial in comparison. We are talking about a mass extinction event that will rival the one that killed off the dinosaurs, major coastal cities being abandoned due to rising sea levels, century long droughts, severe food and water shortages and climate refugees numbering in the hundreds of millions. All these problems contribute to increased political tensions and conflicts. A report by the US military says that climate change is a "threat multiplier that can exacerbate terrorism". Looking at it in this context, how much does it really matter that an electric car is more fun to drive and saves money on fuel and maintenace?
A renewable source of happiness