The Portrait Of An Early Adopter

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
the portrait of an early adopter

One of the most challenging aspects of running a blog like TTAC is managing diversity. As a global site, TTAC and its readers are exposed to the full range of diverse global perspectives, but our largest market, the United States, is also home to incredibly divergent views and lifestyles. Much is made of our national polarization these days, and when the topic turns political, TTAC often finds itself on the front lines of America’s cultural and ideological battlefield. Luckily we’re all of us bound together by something that transcends much of what divides us: our shared fascination with cars gives us the opportunity to interact with and relate to people with whom we may have little else in common.

Take this photo: depending on your perspective, this scene, photographed near my home in Portland, OR, might be a symbol of the ultimate automotive aspiration or a dread vision of a dystopian anti-automotive future. But regardless of how the image relates to your personal views and circumstances, nobody can deny that the people who live in that house think very seriously about their automobiles. And even the most unabashed, gas-huffing EV skeptic has to respect that. Vive le difference!

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  • Eldard Eldard on Aug 19, 2011

    Good thing those are Leaves and not Dolts. Fire insurance is such a hassle, ya know?

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Aug 19, 2011

    That's pretty cool. I'm no tree-hugger, but I am a fan of the Leaf and of solar energy, if one is willing to spend the money.

  • TurboDeezl TurboDeezl on Aug 19, 2011

    Leaves? Apropriate name for this car. Drive 30 miles, then get out and walk as you leave it parked on the shoulder. Hopefully with enough juice to run the hazards.

  • DC Bruce DC Bruce on Aug 19, 2011

    Ahhh, such troll-bait. Given what people tell me is the amount of sunshine in Portland, I find the entire photo pretty risible. (If this house were in, say, Phoenix, I would not be so snarky.) What we're looking it is well into 5 figures of direct subsidies from the rest of us to these folks (assuming the owner of the cars and the house are the same). It would be churlish of me to point out that the two cars in the picture, subsidized with U.S. taxpayers' dollars are made in . . . Japan. Nice work, fellas.