Today’s Editorial: Think electric, help nature

The grim international news Friday was that gasoline prices hit the mark of $66 a barrel and scurried past it to add 16-cents more.

The hike has been blamed on a spate of refinery glitches, an unusually active hurricane season and concerns over Iran’s decision to resume uranium conversion.

We here in the Cayman Islands may as well just blame it on the moon.

World events are pushing oil prices higher and eventually those events are going to hit us right in our wallets.

What are we to do? Park our cars and ride our bikes? (Not a bad idea as such activity would give us all needed exercise and help the environment because bicycles don’t emit pollution).

One fellow in Little Cayman has the perfect answer – an electric car.

He’s got an electric car that won’t go over 25 miles an hour, which is the speed limit in Little Cayman, and can go for 75 miles before running out of electrical juice.

Right now, though, he has to make those 75 mile treks in his own yard. Government hasn’t given him a licence for the car.

We find that a bit odd.

The vehicle falls in with recommendations in a 10-year plan drawn up by Little Cayman’s 2008 Committee, which advocates environmentally friendly transportation.

Too, the Sister Islands are being billed as environmentally friendly destinations.

Electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions, they are quieter than gasoline powered automobiles and there is very little maintenance.

All-in-all, there are some very good arguments to be made for electric vehicles.

Government would be wise to grant Mr. Rhian’s licence.

Government might even want to consider electric cars for its various fleets.

The speed limit of 25 miles per hour on Mr. Rhian’s car suits his needs just fine.

But don’t be fooled into believing that all electric cars are slow.

At the Woodburn, Oregon, Electric Drags in August 1997, a Dodge V10 Viper was left in the dust behind a home-made electric dragster, which went from 0 to 90 miles an hour in 12 seconds.

Now we’re not suggesting that Government workers push the pedal to the metal and speed around the country in electric cars. We’re just trying to make the point that electrical cars are a viable option to everyone in the Cayman Islands.

And just think how happy CUC would be.