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View Poll Results: You see an electric car on the side of the road. What do you do?
Pull over and offer to help 41 47.67%
Tell them to call an electric tow truck 11 12.79%
Laugh at them and drive off in your real car. 34 39.53%
Voters: 86. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-19-2011, 04:59 PM
 
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Ok, you got me there. It saves on fossil fuels like oil products. Elec can be generated by our nation's products like coal, hydro, wind, geothermal, etc. So, while it may not necessarily save, it at least uses sources that are abundant. This should be a national priority regardless of political stripe.
I agree.

Global warming is a myth.

Drill baby drill!
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Old 03-19-2011, 05:05 PM
 
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Try and help them, of course.
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Old 03-19-2011, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Atlanta metro
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1. Laugh at them for forgetting to charge their car last night?
2. Tell them to call for an all-electric towtruck?
3. Pull over an offer to help?

It is being reported that the Nissan Leaf that was advertised as getting 100 miles per charge is in reality only getting around 70. How would you like to live in an area like Northern Virginia and stuck in traffic for 2+ hours in the summer heat and your battery dying trying to keep your air conditioner running?
I voted for #3 in the poll (#1 here). Sounds horrible, but seriously, as a female, I'm not comfortable stopping to help anyone. If I was driving by and noticed it was an electric car, I might actually chuckle, not b/c I enjoy them being stuck, but b/c their silly electric car ran out of juice despite these things being touted as the answer to our energy woes.

Besides which, what the heck am I supposed to do about their car being out of power? I doubt you can actually jump an electric car off a regular one, and I don't carry jumper cables with me anyhow due to having a brand new vehicle (thus I don't expect to have any issues with my battery running out yet). If they can afford an electric car, they can afford a cell phone so they can call their own tow truck.
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Old 03-19-2011, 07:13 PM
 
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Stop and give them Al Gore's cell phone number.
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Old 03-19-2011, 07:22 PM
 
Location: World of opportunity
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Pour water on it
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Old 03-19-2011, 11:48 PM
 
Location: The Republic of Texas
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If they have an electric car, they have a cell phone
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Old 03-19-2011, 11:50 PM
 
Location: tampa bay
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Get a really long extension cord!!
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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and will they laugh as loud when that electric car passes them as they fill up of $5 gas? Or if there is an oil shortage when they can't find gas to put in theirs?
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Old 03-20-2011, 03:18 AM
 
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If they were stuck on some of the roads around where I live, they'd be more likely to be confronted by Amish folks in a horse and buggy as someone with a car. And the Amish farms don't have electricity for a recharge - some do have generators in their barns, but I don't know how compatable it would be. They'd have to have an awfully long extension cord! Other than call for a tow truck from town, I don't see what I could do, but I wouldn't just laugh at them and pass them by. Hopefully, they'd learn a lesson in preparedness.
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:40 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Imagine the irony of an environmentalist driving an electric car to save the environment now stuck getting towed by a large gas powered tow truck.
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