Persuasive Writing: Scholarship/SEAL – Electric Cars

Actually, I’m posting this here today only because it’s been so long since I posted anything on the site that I forget how it works, or even if it works…

But a draft appears below to present certain strengths and weaknesses for the defined task. Basically, I usually don’t ask students to complete a task that I’m not willing to complete myself, and then we can compare and contrast our efforts to achieve insights about the content and the process and well as the purpose.

Start: 11:20am

Should All Cars be Electric?

                Well probably not.

                But for the sake of a clear position, let’s quickly assert YES, OF COURSE THEY SHOULD BE, YOU ECO-VANDAL!!!

                Fuel, oil, engine juice, black gold – in many ways petrol has been the life-blood of modern society. Remember that the combustion engine of the 18th and 19th Centuries drove the Industrial Revolution, and changed the world. In the 20th Century, the technology became available to many people in the form of mass-produced cars, which was a safer and easier and faster and far, far better mode of transport than horses ever achieved. For a century, paved highways across continents grew and everyday people sped with ease and in luxury to enjoy the benefits of tourism, travel, and business opportunities across distances that once were wholly impractical. At the same time, engines in vehicles on farms all around the world helped to tame modern agriculture and feed the world. Tractors, combine harvesters, crop sprayers, bulldozers and other heavy machinery helped to increase the productivity of huge areas, both new and old, of pasture-land and fields of food.

                All in all, our petrol-guzzling machines made the world much more manageable. It has seemed a blessing to society – it is not something people wish to forsake, nor would they need to if electric vehicles were the norm: my point here is to recognize that non-electric cars were important to the development and fabric of our society. I don’t know for sure that all of these vehicles can or will or should be converted or exchanged for electric vehicles, so I am a bit cautious about immediately agreeing with the set topic…

                …Otherwise, hell yes – I agree! My opinion doesn’t even matter: consumers, and governments, and even the manufacturers of cars agree, and pretty soon (by 2050 at the latest) you probably won’t be able to find anyone who will make you a non-electric car. Consider: America is switching all government vehicles to electric asap; Germany, the Netherlands and Britain will only permit the sale of electric cars by 2030; Jaguar is switching all production to electric by 2025, Bentley by 2030, and General Motors and Ford by 2035. The time of the combustion engine is quickly proving eclipsed by the newer, better and more environmentally friendly technology, which only makes good sense given that oil is non-renewable resource that is millions of years old and demands a lot of work to bring to the bowser at the service-station, whereas electricity is just sunlight in the sky distributed through the energy grid. There’s a reason the rover that landed on Mars is powered by solar-grids you know – put simply: it works, and is much simpler!

                We have the technology, we have the power. We should be making the change for the betterment of our society, and ultimately, for the sake of our environment.

Finish: 11:55am



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