TO THE EDITOR:
The electric vehicle movement has a place in the scheme of things, but so do other options (“Emphasis on EVs ignores many green-minded buyers,” May 21).
Consider two individuals: One works in the center of a large city, owns a third-floor condo, has no children and golfs as a hobby. For a long road trip, a rental car fits the bill. The other lives outside the suburbs, has a large garden, has three teens and is a volunteer coach. A 20-mile commute often includes picking up half the baseball team.
Both are fairly green-minded, but their vehicle needs couldn’t be more different.
I drive a 2016 Ford F-150 4X4, which gets 20 mpg — a blessing compared to my old pickup. But since I am often in it alone, I get asked why I am not driving something like a Corolla or Civic.
Or since I’m trained on hybrids and EVs, why not drive something like a Prius?
The answer is that the F-150 fits me in many ways.
I spend a lot of time outdoors. My pickups have put thousands of miles on them hauling Boy Scouts and gear to various camps. And being 6 feet 6 inches tall, I can’t comfortably drive smaller vehicles.
Efforts to steer or, worse, force me to look at a different, greener vehicle would also force me into an uncomfortable ride and make me change my life choices.
Being responsible and conserving energy is a good thing, but being forced into someone else’s choices?
MARK SPISAK, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, N.C., The writer is an instructor in the college’s Transport Systems Technologies Division and has over 40 years of experience in the auto industry.