Editorial for April 28: Electric cars should be legal

It would appear that the full introduction to electric cars in the Cayman Islands is going full speed ahead with the proposed introduction of charging stations strategically located throughout Grand Cayman.

It is clear that there is a future for electric vehicles in the Cayman Islands.

But for that to become reality, changes have to be made to the Traffic Law to allow electric vehicles to travel on public roads.

The electric cars that already exist in the Cayman Islands can only be used off the roadways.

The newer breed of electrical cars can go faster than their slower predecessors and they can also travel farther on a full charge.

Unlike a hybrid car, which is fuelled by gasoline and uses a battery and motor to improve efficiency, an electric car is powered exclusively by electricity.

The beauty of electric cars is that they produce no tailpipe emissions. Anyone who has gotten behind one of the buses on our roadways knows those emissions can be gaggingly awful.

It is also touted that electric cars reduce our dependency on oil and are cheaper to operate.

Those who do purchase electric cars in the Cayman Islands will have to remember that the electricity powering their vehicles is being generated through the use of diesel fuel, so some carbon footprint does remain.

But as the market for electric vehicles grows worldwide and in the Cayman Islands, we should have measures in place to make it easier to own those cars.

Our lawmakers can even go so far as some other jurisdictions throughout the world that have given tax or duty concessions on the vehicles as a way of containing the cost of the cars and helping to improve the environment. Governments in other jurisdictions have also stepped up to the plate in helping communities instal charging stations.

If the vehicles become legal and popular in Cayman, more charging stations will be in demand. Offering an assist could be a way for the Cayman Islands Government to help keep our country green while also helping companies where those stations are located make money.

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  1. Those who do purchase electric cars in the Cayman Islands will have to remember that the electricity powering their vehicles is being generated through the use of diesel fuel, so some carbon footprint does remain.

    Doubling carbon footprint = Some carbon footprint does remain? Wow!

    Read my comment to Plans for electric car charge stations. Hope that people here can make basic math calculations to follow the logic.

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