ELECTRIC CARS: One Giant Leap Towards Tomorrow-land?

In the popular 80s movie, Back to the Future Part II, a teenage Marty McFly travels to the year 2015. During his time spent in our near-future, he encounters hoverboards, flying cars, holograms, and auto-lacing sneakers. The year 2015 is a over a few month away and innovation has been working its way to the flying car, thanks to the folks at Terrafugia. But, until there are official regulations for highways in the sky, are electric cars the real game-changer for the 21st century?
 
I’ve only had my driver’s license for a measly six months, so one can call me a “newbie” in the field of the traffic world. Despite my amateur driving skills, I am fortunately equipped with a silver Tesla Model S. It was a gift given to me for my 16th birthday, mainly because my mother didn’t want to have to worry about the increasing gas bills, safety faults of other car brands, and, of course, the style.
 
Electric cars have captivated the public’s attention ever since the Tesla roadster made its debut back in 2008. However, the newest forms of electric cars have been made available to most everyone with the Nissan Leaf, Fiat 500e, Ford Focus, etc. The streets of Silicon Valley are not flooded with hybrids and the normal gas-guzzling cars, but now, the new normal is all-electric.
 
Car companies like Nissan, Chevy, and Fiat are actually in the process of manufacturing inexpensive cars for civilians who want to save both the environment and their wallets. The Nissan Leaf, Fiat 500e, and Chevy Volt, range from roughly $30,000-$35,000. Because of the reasonable price range and same, sleek look, you can expect the electric cars to seize the roads anytime soon.
 
Personally, I’ve always been a bit of a skeptical person when it comes to technology and the future. For example, I went on a recent trip to Disney World and instead of having the normal paper tickets that grant you access to the park, they had these things called Magic Bands, which were essentially waterproof bracelets that could act as a ticket, credit card, and room key. I was quite surprised at how the paper tickets were really going out of style. After all, I am an advocate for the usage of paperback books instead of e-books and opt for the swift strokes of a pen and pencil as opposed to the systematic clicking of a keyboard. (Yes, the girl who owns an electric car was shocked at the discarding of a paper ticket.) Sure, it was very efficient in the line process and the initial confusion over how the bands worked only lasted a couple of minutes, but I never expected to witness the change first-handedly, especially at a place like Disney World, which served as a constant for me.
 
After spending time away from home, I’ve learned to slowly accept the future, whether that be through  big changes like all-electric cars or through the small things like Magic Bands. It is an inevitable change.
 
How will you learn to accept the future?

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TEEN REPORTER | Veronica Louise Mendoza is based in the Silicon Valley in California. A Telly award winner, her accomplishments include more than three years of reporting experience. She has served as a kid reporter for national publications such as TIME Magazine for Kids, Scholastic News for Kids, and Sports Illustrated Kids. She is very comfortable on camera and conducting interviews with public personalities. She has her own television segment for Adobo Nation, a weekly magazine talk program that blends elements of news features and lifestyle topics relevant to Filipino-Americans living in the US, shown on ABS-CBN Global The Filipino Channel (TFC) cable and at the local Bay Area channel KTSF. In addition to her reporting skills, she was an intern for three months at the Daily Post in Palo Alto, a local newspaper that strives to provide the latest and most compelling news in the Palo Alto community. She wrote articles twice a week, wrote obituaries, took pictures for the picture of the day, and received a good foundational experience in journalism. In high school, she lived and breathed media. She was a radio host for her school’s radio station, KSHS Radio, and wrote for the school newspaper, The Heartbeat. Her other hobbies include acting, singing, working with animals, volunteering at Catholic ministries, blogging and serving the community.