My husband wants a new car.
That doesn't surprise me.
He's had his current car a little more than a year. He had his previous car for two years. The car before that he had for a little less than a year. So in "car years", it is time for him to start looking for a new car.
What did surprise me was the car he wants.
It's little - but quick - which I expected. It has a nice, modern interior, a panoramic sunroof, and a sleek exterior. It's quite cute.
Apparently, my husband is not alone in his desire to own this eye-catching vehicle.
Within the first 24 hours of Tesla's launch of the Model 3 (the car that my husband covets) more than 180,000 orders were placed. That number is now in excess of 325,000 orders. And that is just after one week of sales.
For comparison, according to the New York Post, BMW Group sold at total of 405,000 vehicles last year.
Tesla has not yet said how many of these orders were placed in the United States, but the sheer volume of those orders is worth considering.
Let's assume that all of those orders were placed in the US. That means there will be 325,000 cars using our roads. Which in turn means gas for those 325,000 cars will not need to be purchased. EVER.
They will not contribute to the Federal Highway Trust Fund nor will they contribute to their state road funds.
Unless we make changes at the state and federal level, those users will not contribute to the infrastructure they will use on a daily basis.
As a country - and as a state - we have to think about how we fund our infrastructure in the future. Whether it is revising our taxing structure to include alternative fuel vehicles, charging users for the miles they travel, changing our tax formula, or a combination of all three.
We will have to do something and, from the looks of things, we need to do something soon.
I think the users of our transportation network would be supportive of making changes that are equitable to all users.
After all, who would want to buy a new, technologically advanced car and continue to drive it on roads that are falling apart?