Wait, you ARE a liberal elite NPR listening pussy hat wearing militant vegan or you're NOT?
I am the worst kind of hipster yuppy gentrifier there ever was. But the road to my entitled state was long and I started at the very bottom.
And yes, I realize that I'm making generalizations and that I'm being offensive. It's not my intent, I'm just an offensive person. What I'm not trying to do is be personal about it or hurt anybody's feelings. For that, I apologize.
I want to see 50% of all the cars in Boyle Heights be practical EVs that save the community money and let everybody reap the benefits of cleaner air. I do. In the next 10 years. It's beautiful.
My point is, I get what it is to be broke and live in the world of the "disposable car". Pretty much always private sale or auction donkeys, and it was because new cars are insanely expensive. Even second hand cars are insanely expensive. Never newer than third-hand growing up. New cars are insanely expensive.
In regards to the point made about new car sales not happening until old cars are completely dead being a fallacy? I can't say for certain without DMV data, but anecdotally I'll tell ya that the median age of cars in East LA is way older than in Los Feliz. New cars are insanely expensive. For your short term wallet, and when you're broke, everything is short term, the longer a car stays on the road, the better it is for you. An $800 transmission job is better than a $1500 car. And you limp along for another year.
While honorable, the effort is so incredibly up-hill that it might be impossible to make any significant forward progress for a decade. Is there an end run for this problem?
What's more, so many of the old used cars are the worst polluters of all, them and their bootleg smog papers and the people in Boyle Heights suffer the most from them and the highways. It's an incredibly suck situation, and more EVs would make a huge dent in the problem, no doubt about it. Unfortunately, all the good vibes in the world can't accelerate the change. What's needed is more money in the community. But until that happens, if there was a good EV car share in the neighborhood, at least all the moms could take their kids to doctor's appointments in an EV, and if and when the money ever showed up, and the opportunity to snatch up an old leaf was there, maybe the community's positive, long term real world experience with the share would make the sale happen.
As opposed to me, where I can say "Eh, yeah I can spare the extra $350 a month and the electrical work" and not really think anything of it. It's a different world.