The Greenneck spent Tuesday spewing carbon, as he jetted down to NYC and back to meet with Malcolm Bricklin.
If you drive a Subaru, you owe Malcolm (or perhaps he owes you); he’s the guy who brought the brand to the US (of course, he’s also the guy who delivered us Yugo…). Right now, Bricklin is in the middle stages of an effort to bring a Chinese made plug-in electric hybrid to US shores. It’s an unbelievably ambitious project, though it’s immediately obvious that the guy has no shortage of ambition: At 68 he moves faster than most, including the Greenneck, who found it slightly exhausting just talking to the guy.
Every time the Greenneck visits an urban environment (not often, but work calls), he’s astonished at the rampant waste of energy. For 30 minutes, he stood in line for a cab with perhaps 80 other travel-weary folk; most of the cabs sped away with one rider, heading to destinations that were surely often within spitting distance of one another. Most of the cars the Greenneck spotted from the rear of his cab carried only their driver, who was usually talking on a cell phone. The Greenneck would have loved to talk about this with someone, but his cabbie couldn’t understand him and he was, like most of the other cab riders, alone.
The Greenneck has studied plug-in electric vehicles in great detail and he is a believer in the technology. He likes Bricklin, who has a taste for psychedelic art featuring handguns, large breasts, cars, and himself. He hopes Bricklin can pull something off, thought the odds are daunting. But mostly, he doesn’t want to go back to the city anytime soon.