An April 30, a Baraboo News Republic article reported on planning for a new Sauk County highway shop. While the county must plan for current trucks and space needs, a new shop will be used for many years and needs flexibility to continue to be useful. Many automobile manufacturers plan to make only all-electric cars, SUVS, and light trucks by 2035 and General Motors plans only electric large trucks after 2040.
A full rooftop of solar collectors like the Middleton Public Works Operations Center should be considered. Past Sauk County experience with solar will help in planning a solar installation. A solar “gas station,” on the shop roof would be a great savings for powering future electric vehicles. Planning the electrical system for charging trucks then becomes a major item.
Consumers Reports shows electric cars cost less to own. The electric vehicles have fewer parts and less maintenance, such as no oil changes. Savings ranged from $9,000 for cars to $15,000 for a pickup over a seven-year life, without considering the owner having a solar array.
Citizens need to urge government at all levels to plan for a cleaner, healthier future that will slow climate change at less cost.
Bill Dagnon, Baraboo