JEA sells electricity and the city-owned utility company is pushing battery-operated vehicles, presumably to join the fad promoted by small numbers of people advocating them.
It is organizing a free ride-and-drive event at The Avenues Mall Nov. 3. to “spread awareness,” whatever that means, and also tout the benefits of switching to battery-operated vehicles.
Those who attend the JEA Drive Electric initiative will be allowed to drive battery-operated cars and bikes and get answers to questions they may have about them. To participate in the test drives, those who attend must have a valid driver’s license and a printed insurance card.
There has been a tremendous propaganda effort by the federal government to sell the idea of battery-operated cars but they are expensive, even with government subsidies, limited to short-range drives and need a long period to recharge at stations that are scarce.
Because the vehicles are so expensive, only the wealthy can afford them, so the government is subsidizing the rich, which liberals constantly rage about in other situations.
Auto manufacturers also are balking at being nudged by politicians and fringe extremists into selling something that has little consumer demand.
Ford and General Motors both are losing money on battery-operated cars and Ford recently postponed a $12 billion investment it had planned. Toyota has been trying to develop cars that don’t use gasoline or electricity.
Economist Steve Moore recently said that battery-operated cars may be the auto market’s “next big flop,” similar to the Edsel of the 1950s.
If the fad is fading, the JEA may be behind the curve.