Reader’s letter: Stop car abuse, not the internal combustion engine!

Reader Anders: “Is it a human right to go on holiday to Thailand twice a year and think that you can compensate for it by driving an electric car?”

The reader Anders thinks that the debate about the car’s future lacks nuances.

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Everything that does not run on electricity is ugly and should be scrapped, preferably yesterday, the Green Party thinks.

The business travel deduction should be removed for people who drive a car completely unnecessarily to their jobs, the government thinks.

In the forums, the “death of the fossil car” is trumpeted in a hallelujah mood without any of their brain cells actually realizing that it is not the car which is fossil, without the fuel. But where does it do when you have finally found something “legitimate” to whine about?

But nowhere in the electric car debates has anyone asked the question why you have to transport yourself so furiously that you see the electric car as the only way out or why you have to have goods transported to such an extent that electric trucks are considered the solution.

Work. Well, unfortunately, many people have to take the car to their workplaces. Why this is so can in some cases be questioned. If you live in the countryside, it is usually not economical to run municipal local transport and then the car is a must.

If you live in cities, there are there is every reason to question commuting by car or commuting at all.

The pandemic has shown that many can work from home with continued good results. There, employers have a responsibility to actually believe in the employee and their ability to perform work from a place other than the office.

The workplaces and managers which still in 2021 stubbornly proclaims that “work is done in the office” should trust its employees and find other ways than office presence to follow up the results.

Municipalities have a responsibility to offer establishment opportunities for various companies and businesses. If you live south of Stockholm and have a “tech job”, the probability is high that you will be forced to commute to Kista, for example. Why is it like that?

Everyone who tried to go collectively these stretches know that the zest for life has faded about halfway. In the car, you can at least sit quietly, in peace and infection-free.

These must continue to be able to see the car as an option to make life work.

Freedom. Of course you have to be able to take the car and greet children / parents or the country place and holiday trip once in a while.

Hobby. The car hobby and the opportunity to nurture a piece of history / cultural heritage also need to be on the side of all middle manager sports.

What is missing is the nuances.

Is it a human right to have three or more children (and receive a large family supplement in general) and does the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child state that they must have four different activities each and that each needs to be moved to and from?

Is it a human right? to completely lack the ability to plan and thus legitimize their “need” for an electric car to be able to go to the local store six times a day?

“People are finding various reasons all the time to take the car instead of seeing the options”

Is it a necessity to take the car to the gym 3 days a week or would it work to actually walk, cycle or take it on the way to / from work instead?

Is it a human right to go on holiday to Thailand twice a year and think that you can compensate for it by driving an electric car?

Do you need to buy all the Christmas presents from the other side of the globe?

Then we have the car addiction. When people find various reasons all the time to take the car instead of seeing the options. Road wear does not decrease with pig-heavy battery cars. The oversalting that dissolves the asphalt and gives us potholes in the roads and particles in the air on Hornsgatan does not stop just because the cars run on electricity. The amount of washer alcohol does not decrease with the electric car. Traffic accidents do not decrease with the electric car. The need for functional traffic solutions and parking does not decrease with the electric car.

Choose size after transport needs and not because the neighbor has a pick-up or to compensate for other shortcomings.

Choose a car with a V8 if you want.

Choose which fuel you want.

But think about how you use it!

Do you use the car a lot at work so maybe the employer should provide you with a suitable vehicle?

I will continue to drive a petrol SUV (with a petrol heater!) In the winter and an AMG cab in the summer.
I will continue to go to car meetings, visit parents and go out into the country on vacation.
I will continue to work with my employer for increased opportunities to work from another location.
I will also continue not to take the car to drive the children to school 1km away or go shopping several times a week.
I will continue not to go on holiday abroad every year even though I love the heat.

It is the lifestyle that is crucial in climate issues. Not little Sweden’s car choice!

Different


Alrik Söderlind, editor-in-chief of auto motor & sport.

“People have to come here and there, goods just like that…”

Hi Anders, cool text!

When I zoom out I see a future where the car and trucks will be responsible for a large part of the transports – and even though many of us learn to work from home more than before the pandemic, a lot of transports must take place. Of course, many overconsume everything, and some even transport. But people have to go here and there, goods just like that.

Then these transports should preferably take place as energy-efficiently and with as clean air as possible.

I do not see any alternative to electric cars, in the long run. But we must remember that 95 percent of all cars in the country do not have a charging cable, as the debate is raging now, it seems as if the electric cars are in the majority. All these cars should of course be used, not scrapped.

I also agree that it is about personal choices and that you should choose what you think is best. Cars can be lifestyle, equestrian or mountaineering another. Or: You choose to do what you like and that’s how it should be.

But this with little Sweden.

If everyone says so, “my little town in China”, “my neighborhood in LA”, “on my street” it does not matter, because “we” are so few.

We live, if you zoom out, in Europe, and what Europe does affects the world in many ways. We all live on planet earth.

And I think it is the richer countries that can and should take the lead in the transition – which costs money.

All’s Well!

Alrik Söderlind

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