TO THE EDITOR:
I’ve found Keith Crain’s take on subjects such as alternative vehicles (“What if they are wrong?” Jan. 22) to be sober, thoughtful and reasonable — something missing in much of the coverage of those vehicles.
There is a place within the world’s transportation pantheon for all types of vehicles with all types of propulsion systems.
I still don’t understand why all U.S. post office, FedEx and UPS delivery vehicles operating in Manhattan are NOT electric because, in many cases, their daily travel could be handled by today’s mediocre batteries — some could almost run with an extension cord — and long-distance/highway driving, the bane of battery-powered vehicles, is not a factor.
The keys to tomorrow’s transportation world are efficiently building the right vehicles for specific markets and needs, and giving users what they want and need at a price that works for them, rather than trying to shoehorn in something generic (basically, flexible platforms developed for flexible manufacturing).
Maybe electrics/hybrids/autonomous work in urban/suburban settings but not so much in more remote, rural areas.
Working on several alternative-propulsion systems, while taking advantage of technological breakthroughs, makes a lot of sense to meet the variety of transportation needs, but in a measured, thoughtful way.
MIKE GEYLIN, Chatham, Mass. The writer owns a public relations agency.