Often times the US is referred to as losing the race in STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. Our National averages of student test scores, numbers of graduates and cutting edge researchers in these fields lag far behind several other countries in the world.
Despite these assertions, a global leader in electronic vehicle technology is right here in the USA. So how do we reward that American ingenuity? We flatly reject it. And we put up barriers unknown to any of the foreign car manufacturers that are currently selling automotive products in the United States.
I recently acquired an electric automobile. I must tell you that this has been one of the best purchases that I have ever made. The vehicle not only provides transportation, it is fun to drive and I just love using my frunk “front trunk”. But on a deeper and more personal level, I am a Toxicologist, “The Tox Doc” and part of my mission is to help people reduce their exposures to potentially toxic chemicals. Knowing that it is impossible to eliminate chemical exposures, I aim to help people reduce their daily dosage and decrease their bodily burden by reducing the exposures in our homes, offices, foods and cars. One constant conundrum with driving a traditional gasoline powered vehicle is that I know that I am putting toxic hydrocarbons back into our environment which contributes to the overall impact on our quality of life.
That is why owning an electric car is so thrilling to me! I have actually completely eradicated the dosage of emissions that I put back into the atmosphere by going down to zero! Zero Emissions!! Wow! Getting chemical dosages to zero in our air, water and ground is impossible, so actually driving a car that gets me to zero chemical emissions is pretty amazing. It is great to pull my “Toxla” in next to the other gas guzzlers at home. (Toxla name credit: my daughter)
But to put a huge cherry on top – my electric car FINALLY got me back to owning an American car that I am truly proud of. I have not owned an American car in over a decade and each time that I purchased an American car it was short-lived. For a number of reasons, reliability, fuel efficiency, options, etc. However, to my shock I did not realize the obstacles that would be put in my way to purchase an American made vehicle in America.
Why is this so? I know that the manufacturer of my electric vehicle is not taking the traditional route of doing business, but I am astounded that I could not even purchase my vehicle in my own state. Far too often, I see lawsuits or complaints being filed by American business people who own foreign car dealerships, fighting against Tesla being allowed to sell their products in their state. Using the law and politics to stymy American ingenuity is not only baffling, it is not patriotic, it is not free market and it smells a little bit like communism. As a business owner myself, I wonder what it would be like if others were told that their products, goods and services could not be sold because other business owners are worried about my products sales. Don’t we have free enterprise in this country so that we can reduce monopolies? Why then are American car manufacturers and petrochemical companies allowed to monopolize the car selling industry and dictate how cars are sold to consumers?
I want access to electric cars and I want it expanded. And so do many others. But guess what traditional car manufacturers? Millions of people are still going to purchase your gas consuming and toxic emission releasing vehicles. I still have one myself. Get over yourselves. Your willingness to waste time, money as well as misuse our legal and political system so that you can get your way is quite parochial. Practice free enterprise, it is the American way.