Liza Stoner is one cool kid. This 14-year-old environmentalist was so frustrated after watching the documentary Who killed the Electric Car, she decided to do something about it. This summer she’s going to ride her bike 1,585 miles from her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Washington D.C. to raise awareness about electric vehicles and deliver a petition to Congress requesting legislation that would provide incentives for companies that manufacture EVs for the U.S. market.
From her website:
After watching the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car” I became frustrated because the technology to produce fully electric vehicles (EVs) exists and yet we don’t have them. EVs are superior to gas-powered cars because:
- Electricity is cheaper than gas and can come from renewable sources such as solar and wind power.
- Electric cars are more reliable and require less maintenance than gas-powered vehicles.
- By using domestically generated electricity rather than foreign oil, we may achieve energy independence and may positively affect our nation’s security.
- Electric cars can use the existing electric grid and do not require that new infrastructure be built.
- We believe that EVs are vital for the future of our nation and indeed our world. The United States would realize health, environmental, financial and even security benefits by switching from gas-powered vehicles to fully electric vehicles.