Letter: If the grid goes down, gasoline goes with it


Ed Hickey’s letter to the editor in the May 4 issue of this paper was narrow minded and short sighted.

Full disclosure: I drive an electric car. Mr. Hickey assumes that when the electric grid goes down the gas stations will still be able to pump gas into our cars. He further assumes that the gas companies will still be able to deliver gas to the stations. Neither of these assumptions is logical.

Electricity is required to pump gas from storage tanks to cars. If the electric grid goes down gas distribution goes with it. Many people have home generators on the island, which will allow us to charge our electric cars for days or weeks while the grid is down. I’m not suggesting that an electrical grid outage isn’t a problem for electric car owners, just that it is just as much a problem for gasoline car owners.

Kirk Lacewell