June 21, 2014

Electric Hogs And Fossil - Fuelled Dinos

Harley-Davidson is introducing an electric-powered motorcycle.

"We think that the trends in both EV technology and customer openness to EV products, both automotive and motorcycles, is only going to increase, and when you think about sustainability and environmental trends, we just see that being an increasing part of the lifestyle and the requirements of riders."  
- M. Levatich, president of Harley-Davidson

I find it interesting that at the same time the dinosaurs in Canada's federal government are giving a green light to the old fashioned notion of the Northern Gateway Tar Oil Pipeline project, a major motorcycle company is announcing their first ever electric motorcycle.

Fossil-fuelled climate change deniers have been put on notice again - your dirty energy era is coming to a close.

The pencil pushers at the Harley company can obviously see something our politicians can't (or at least are refusing to acknowledge). While the rest of the world is going renewable, Harper and the rest of his Petrosaurs are trying to build a petro state.

For example, a forward-thinking individual could ride one of these electric hogs all the way across Canada. Emissions free.

“We want to do the right thing for future generations…change is inevitable as we move toward more sustainable energy choices. There is a readiness among Canadians, an exciting time.”
—C. Misch, vice-president Sun Country

Thanks to a new initiative along the longest national highway in the world, the Trans Canada Highway, a person can ride or drive into electric recharging stations along its 6000 km length. And for now, they are all free.

The innovative folks at Sun Country Highway know the same thing that Harley-Davidson, entrepreneurs, and millions of North American citizens know - the future is in electric vehicles and renewable energy, not fossil fuel pipelines through pristine mountain ranges.

"Canada continues to resist action on addressing its major emissions growth problem - the rapidly increasing greenhouse gas pollution from oilsands production.”  
- Simon Dyer


  1. Anonymous6/22/2014

    Gregg: i really applaud companies that take chances and see the possibilities in alternative energy. Here in the States, we are still completely dependent on fossil fuels and the almighty gasoline engine. Even as gas prices hit $4.00 per gallon, I still see hordes of cars, motorcycles and four-wheelers everywhere. This can be discouraging, but then I remember the quote by Gandhi that we must be the change we wish to see in the world. Excellent and powerful advice! Change is possible and it is up to us to help it become so.

    1. Anon,

      Yes, people ARE watching. We can't wait for them to get with the program, but must lead by example. Some day we may move from fringe to mainstream and more fully affect behaviour.

      Not only is change possible, but if more would give it a try they would see that they actually feel better while living more sustainable lifestyles. Life is much less stressful and more enjoyable without having to deal with that nagging feeling of cognitive dissonance.

      Future generations will also appreciate their efforts.


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