QOTD: Pleasure Cruise for the Isolated?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
qotd pleasure cruise for the isolated

Self-isolation and social distancing — it’s all the rage these days, though your author hopped on that bandwagon long before it was cool. Lonely nights lead to fewer viruses, the thinking went. A strategy that’s panned out over time.

As you digest that completely unnecessary and frankly uncomfortable information, you may as well ponder something that’s crossed my mind repeatedly over the past few days. Perhaps you can come up with an answer.

Governments the world over are telling us to have as little contact with other human beings (and things they’ve touched) as possible. Stay indoors, they say. Only go out for essentials. Okay, so if you’re not infected with COVID-19, the outdoors still holds some promise — and your personal vehicle some purpose.

It’s hard to say how long these measures will be necessary, though we’re clearly in for a decent spell of anxious, lonely moments. But many will still need to go to work, while others will need to leave their home for essentials on occasion. One type of vehicle, however, is capable of eliminating a certain contamination/infection scenario: the electric car.

Simply, electric vehicles can be charged at home, leaving no need to visit a gas station, expose yourself to other drivers and/or the clerk, and punch your debit code into a virus-laden keypad. Just plug in when you arrive home at your well-stocked abode.

On the other hand, gas is ridiculously cheap right now and, even though there’s few fun places to go, an internal combustion car can quickly go whatever distance the driver asks of it, and for whatever reason. They’ll just have to expose themselves to a greater degree.

Right now, with your life and responsibilities, and for the reasons stated above, would you happily drive an electric car until this crisis passes?

[Image: Tesla]

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  • Dan Dan on Mar 18, 2020

    I'd feel more comfortable with 600 miles in the tank than 200 in the battery. I'd feel even more comfortable keeping 600 miles in the tank and using the other car with the battery so long as the lights at my house stay on.

  • Ttacgreg Ttacgreg on Mar 18, 2020

    I have a pair of very used, blackened, yellow leather gloves from work. They are now my "keep my hands germ free" gloves. NO way I'll touch my face with them they are so dirty. So grocery cart handles, gas pumps, no big deal, just grab 'em. They are kind of big and loose so I can get the gloves on and off with out touching the exterior leather. I still thoroughly wash my hands when I get home, but having a barrier around my hands is certainly an extra layer of safety. And yes, I have been just going out for pleasure drives to get out of the house, sometimes stopping at isolated places for a walk too. I do consider and treat the steering wheel as contaminated.

  • Redapple2 I d just buy one already sorted. Too many high level skills (wiring, paint, body panel fitment et. al.) that i dont have. And I dont fancy working 100 s of hours for $3 /hour.
  • 28-Cars-Later I'm actually surprised at this and not sure what to make of it. In recent memory Senator Biden has completely ignored an ecological disaster in Ohio, and then ignored a tragic fire in Hawaii until his handlers were goaded in sending him and his visit turned into it's own disaster, but we skipped nap time for this sh!t show? Seriously? We really are through the looking glass now, "votes" no longer matter (Hillary almost won being the worst presidential candidate since 1984 before he claimed the crown) and outside of Corvette nostalgia Joe doesn't care let alone know what day it happens to be. Could they really be afraid of Trump, who AFAIK has planned no appearance or run his mouth on this issue? Just doesn't make sense, granted this is Clown World so maybe its my fault for trying to find sense in a senseless act.
  • Tassos If you only changed your series to the CORRECT "Possibly Collectible, NOT Daily Driver, NOT Used car of the day", it would sound much more accurate AND TRUTHFUL.Now who would collect THIS heap of trash for whatever misguided reason, nostalgia for a much worse automotive era or whatever, is another question.
  • ToolGuy Price dropped $500 overnight. (Wait 10 more days and you might get it for free?)
  • Slavuta Must be all planned. Increase price of cars, urbanize, 15 minutes cities. Be poor, eat bugs