The Green Living Guy

Check out the electric vehicle drive future now folks!  The interest in electric vehicles (EVs) has been steadily increasing over the years. Especially with more and more people recognizing the need for sustainable transportation options. Like we need to be converting our cars to all electric. So while it may seem like a recent phenomenon: think again!

For The Electric Auto Association started in 1968. So there have been individuals championing the cause of EVs for decades. One such person is Bob Brandt. For he documented back in 1992 about converted a VW bug to electric drive on a shoestring budget in his book Build Your Own Electric Vehicle.

Electric vehicle drive future. Toyota Prius 2010
Toyota Prius 2010

So by documenting this project, though seemingly small at the time, was a significant step. Especially towards the growing movement of electric vehicles.

Price Spikes and Oil Dependency

Why I wrote the title: a significant price spike in oil.  For one significant event that brought attention to the need for alternative energy sources. It was the admission by President Bush in 2006 that oil was a pressing issue. This acknowledgment came amidst price spikes in Nigeria. Moreover, a growing demand for hybrid and electric cars.

For the unrest in Nigeria and the oil deal secured by China and Venezuela. For these issues further highlighted the importance of finding sustainable solutions. Especially to our energy needs.

The Rise of Hybrid Electric Cars

One of the most prominent examples of the shift towards electric vehicles is the popularity of hybrid electric cars like the Toyota Prius. These vehicles combine the benefits of both gasoline and electric power, offering improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. The success of the Prius and other hybrid models has paved the way for the broader adoption of electric vehicles.

The Future of Electric Vehicles

As technology continues to advance, the future of electric vehicles looks promising. Automakers are investing heavily in developing more affordable and efficient EV models. All the while governments are implementing policies to encourage their adoption. With the need for increasing availability of charging infrastructure. Also, the decreasing cost of battery technology. Yet electric vehicles are becoming a viable option. Especially for more people around the world. Look at the Nissan Leaf.

The Environmental Benefits of Electric Vehicles

One of the primary advantages of electric vehicles is their positive impact on the environment. EVs produce zero tailpipe emissions. Thereby significantly reducing air pollution and also greenhouse gas emissions.

For switching from traditional gasoline-powered vehicles to electric ones. Then we can make substantial progress in mitigating climate change and improving air quality.

Economic Benefits of Electric Vehicles

In addition to their environmental benefits, electric vehicles also offer economic advantages. EV owners can save on fuel costs, as electricity is generally cheaper than gasoline. Furthermore, the maintenance and operating costs of electric vehicles are often lower than those of traditional vehicles. As battery technology continues to improve, the upfront cost of electric vehicles is expected to decrease, making them even more affordable for consumers.

Role of Individuals in Driving Change

While governments and automakers play a crucial role in shaping the future of electric vehicles, individual actions are equally important. Seth Leitman’s VW bug conversion project is a testament to the power of one person’s initiative and determination. Each individual who chooses to drive an electric vehicle or advocate for sustainable transportation contributes to the growing movement towards a greener future.

“Things can happen, one person at a time.” – Seth Leitman

Through small but significant actions, we can inspire others and drive the change we want to see. Whether it’s converting a vehicle to electric drive, supporting the development of charging infrastructure, or simply choosing to drive an electric vehicle, every step counts in the transition to a more sustainable transportation system.


The movement towards electric vehicles has been steadily growing, driven by individuals like Seth Leitman who have been advocating for sustainable transportation for years. Seth’s VW bug conversion project in 1992 was a pivotal moment that showcased the potential of electric vehicles and inspired others to join the cause. With advancements in technology and increasing awareness about the environmental and economic benefits of electric vehicles, the future looks bright for the EV industry. By embracing electric vehicles, we can make a significant impact on the environment and create a more sustainable future for generations to come. Let us all be a part of this growing movement towards electric vehicles and drive change, one person at a time.

One Response to “Karma’s Gonna Get You”

Seth Leitman Says:

April 20th, 2006 at 2:00 pm
Since Bush has engaged in admitting oil is an issue, Nigeria has been in unrest (recent price spikes); China and Venezuela have secured an oil deal (where is the President of China right now?) and hybrid electric cars like the Toyota Prius are or keep getting sold sold sold……….

One Response

  1. Seth,Nice work. Although it seems like you are alone out there, the movement is growing. I converted a VW bug to electric drive in 1992 on a shoestring budget, but it was one of the greatest things in my life. I have since recycled the vehicle to a local highschool technical center. At the time, people thought I was nuts, spending my time, energy and money on such a project. I figured that if I contributed to one person thinking, “Hey, what a neat idea!” I had done my job.Another EV project is still in operation after 10 years: A Solar EV charging station complete with a commercial coversion of a Ford Escort. Things can happen, one person at a time.

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