Back in May 2020, I bought a VW e-Golf and got rid of my trusty Subaru Impreza. Since then, I had been living without an ICE car in my life. For the most part, it has worked out well but the extreme cold and deep snow over the past month had gotten me thinking. More than once, I thoughtlessly crossed the border from Glendale into Milwaukee and gotten the car grounded on foot-deep snow. When the temperatures got extra fridged, the car freaked out and went into limp mode. I briefly thought about trading in the e-Golf for a Chevy Bolt but I figured that it would only solve half of my problem. In the end, I just bought a second vehicle. I paid $3000 for a 2007 Chevy Colorado with a mess of miles on it but a reasonable decent body.
So, my plan is to drive the thing once every week or two (to keep it in running order) and if something comes up that requires it, it will be available. It feels like an expensive solution to Wisconsin weather being shitty but I think that it is the best option.
I do feel bad about having an ICE vehicle in my life again but I think that I came up with an interesting solution. There are services out there that let regular folk buy carbon offsets. My thought is that I could track how much I drive the truck over the year and buy carbon offsets to zero out those values. If I end up driving it a few thousand miles per year, it would only cost around $30/yr to do that.
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