Electricity: The solution to freeing horses from pulling tourist carriages?

Updated 5 Aug 7:45 am.

Mexico may be the leader in eliminating the cruel horse drawn carriage trade in our part of the world. How have they done it? With e-carriages, carriages powered by electricity.

Electric carriages are not a novelty. E-carriages have taken off in countries large and small, and in major cities and rural towns alike.

One-hour tour with the electric carriage through Berlin
Experience a romantic journey through the historical centre of Berlin in the DeLouis Electric Carriage.”

E-carriages are chiefly used for tourism, like the one above, and are now becoming popular even for personal use.

Every time we write about e-carriages we ask ourselves, why isn’t the US getting in on this action? Horse drawn carriages are old hat, cruel to horses and dangerous to man and beast, especially in heavy traffic.

When speaking with individuals interested into establishing e-carriages in their cities, the thought kept occurring to us. How are they are going to charge the e-carriages up? They will have to have handy charging stations available, right?

Lo and behold, an article made its way into our inbox that holds some interesting information. Entitled, “Here’s what is (and isn’t) in the new bipartisan infrastructure bill for EVs.” (electric vehicles). EV’s in the infrastructure bill? Read on.

Michelle Lewis reporting for Electrek, writes:

What’s included in the infrastructure bill

“Electric vehicle charging stations: $7.5 billion for electric vehicle charging stations, with a focus on highways and routes that connect rural and disadvantaged communities. The good news? It’s the first-ever US investment in EV chargers. The bad news is it’s only half of what President Joe Biden wanted in order to build a national network of 500,000 charging stations.”

“Electric grid: $73 billion to build a more robust electric grid. That means money for “thousands of miles of new, resilient transmission lines to facilitate the expansion of renewable energy, including through a new Grid Authority,” according to a June 24 White House Fact Sheet.”

What’s left out

“Funding to back a further $7.5 billion in low-cost government loans for charging stations through an infrastructure bank was dropped during negotiations.” (Looks like the oil & gas industry got their way there)

What’s next

The Senate begins its amendment process. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that he believes “the Senate can quickly process relevant amendments and pass this bill in a matter of days” due to its bipartisan nature.

Well, we will be waiting a bit. The Hill reports:

“Senate action on a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill has slowed to a crawl as lawmakers haggle over more than 250 proposed amendments to the legislation.” Sigh.

We are watching this closely as there are crucial amendments impacting horses.

Stay tuned.

Related Reading

The lost history of the electric car – and what it tells us about the future of transport,” The Guardian newspaper, by Tom Standage, 3rd Aug 2021.

Featured image: Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by Electrek.



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