The Intersection of Smug and Science

Chances are good that you or someone you know drives an electric or hybrid car. They are becoming increasingly popular–I was surprised after moving out to Denver how many parking structures have spaces reserved for electric cars with outlets for them to plug into.

Owners will give you plenty of good reasons for buying them: your gas mileage is tremendous, saving you both time and money when it comes to filling up; it’s better for the environment, as using less gas leads to less pollution; while the vehicles themselves are more expensive (both in the initial purchase and in the maintenance), it’s partially made up for with tax credits; and they don’t look nearly as stupid as they did when they first came out.

Let’s find out how they’re wrong, and how it can feel so good to know that. Continue reading