‘They are still worth billions’: car drivers on the modern dilemma

Heather Mallick

A friend of mine built his own solar car, turning his Hollywood Hills home into a pop-up solar power station, whose lease he leases to his clients and who then self-generates the electricity. He’s the lead singer of a band that promotes eco-living and so nothing about his new life is cheap. More encouraging is the fact that I’ve come to see him in South Africa as the local celebrities try to kick-start a revolution in the number of cars on the road.

He’s not on the streets or inside vehicles so he doesn’t get breathless and his perma-youth gives him an aura of youthfulness.

Lorraine Hibberd

You’re not the only one. I grew up in Botswana in the 1970s and has much history with the British Navy. In 1993, a few Botswana natives set off to sea in a tiny boat and started coming back as a larger group. Then there was the migration from Zimbabwe’s Annhur valley to mine with Sunridge. More and more people were moving there and the status quo seemed to be in retreat. I am comfortable being able to say there has been a major change in society and government in the past couple of decades but the United States is the trickiest place to call the landscape “developed”. In all the places I live we are experiencing big technological change and the environment is changing, much more quickly than we are used to.

Our cargo ships are shaped like huge platforms. Yet there are people that still say cars are not the answer and that their business models can’t survive without them. There is obviously a demand for cars and the moment it ceased to be affordable for drivers with families, that is when it would have gone.

They are still worth billions of dollars now, in America at least. The luxury markets are incredibly affluent and I’ve noticed recently that if you drive a modern Mercedes-Benz car the aesthetics are in stark contrast to the luxury condos that don’t have any feeling of a car. I still feel extremely patriotic because we are still part of the world – certainly there is a place for it here.

Helen Pitcher

I do not have a car. No one in our remote village could afford to have one. If I were to get a car, I probably would think it was fun to drive, but there is a saying that a man who can never drive can never know what it feels like. Also, it might not be just the car – there might be a problem with the lack of infrastructure in our area.

While I would never say a woman couldn’t drive, I would presume it would take her longer than the average male to grasp what goes on behind the wheel. To be honest, men are just more comfortable behind the wheel, having been on the road much longer and perhaps more car-savvy.

In school I was taught about wind power and I feel extremely lucky that one of the last of my teachers, who had an open mind, was the man who taught me how to drive. I drove by myself once during a day at the farm near the village I grew up in, and spent quite a bit of time going round and round the village. The first time I drove a car, it was quite frightening because I could not see my destination, I couldn’t adjust the accelerator or brakes, there were no rear lights, and I just could not stop the car. There is a photograph of me driving, at age nine, and it reminds me that I would never get used to driving.

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