When, much to our chagrin, the condition of our old gas guzzler started to reach the breaking point, my wife and I had to make a decision about buying a new car. I wanted to get a hybrid model, specifically a plug-in hybrid. It uses a battery to power an electric motor and then, once the battery is nearly depleted, the car automatically switches over to use the gas powered internal combustion engine.
My wife had a different idea. “Go big or go home,” she said. “Let’s buy a fully electric vehicle and never have to buy gas again.”
Gas was around $4.50 a gallon at the time, and after giving it a lot of thought, I figured why not? Gas prices were bound to continue to go up, so let’s switch to electric. And that’s what we did.
This past Saturday, when we hosted a birthday party for our son over at our place, his father-in-law said to me, “You were quite prescient when you and your wife bought your electric car last August. With cost per gallon of gas approaching $6.50, you must be jubilant over that decision.”
“I am,” I said. “I actually smile every time I pass a gas station. It’s a great feeling.” Then I said to him, “So when are you going to get yourself an electric car so that you, too, can be inducted into the EV car club?”
He laughed and said, “As soon as there are as many electric vehicle charging stations as there are gas stations. Now that I’m retired, my wife and I have turned somewhat nomadic and we’re driving hither and yon all the time. I don’t want us to be out in the middle of nowhere and for our electric car’s battery to run out with no place to charge it up.”
“Fair enough,” I said. “I just hope it will be before the air is too polluted to breathe and the water is too brackish to drink.”
He looked at me, smiled, and said, “The good news is that, at our ages, we’ll probably be dead before that happens.”
Written for these daily from yesterday: My Vivid Blog (chagrin), The Daily Spur (condition), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (hybrid), Word of the Day Challenge (jubilant), Your Daily Word Prompt (induct), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (nomadic), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (brackish).