As my ten year old Honda CRV is approaching 200,000 miles, I am realizing that it is nearing the end of its life, and looking for a more economical and environmentally-friendly transportation for replacement. My motivation is from the Pope’s new encyclical, Laudato Si’, which challenges us all to try to live more simply with respect to the well-being of the planet and mankind as a whole. As a member of the Secular Franciscan Order we are especially called to follow the teachings of St. Francis and St. Clare who lived a model life of simplicity, serving the poor, and caring for creation — through love, peace, and joy in living the Gospel Life.
Pope Francis released Laudato Si’ on June 18th — which leads me to 18th Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order:
18) Moreover they should respect all creatures, animate and inanimate, which “bear the imprint of the Most High,” and they should strive to move from the temptation of exploiting creation to the Franciscan concept of universal kinship.
Which leads me to think — what would St. Francis drive?
- First, he would recommend walking as the best way to get around, and it would be a way to be closest to mother nature, and the most envirnmentally-friendly transportation. St. Francis also used donkeys, carts, and sailing ships during his lifetime, which were very earth-friendly way to get around, but slow for today’s standards. Unfortunately, there is no footpath to the town from my house — only roadways for cars, so walking and biking are not options for me.
- Second, St. Francis would be a fan of mass transportation, but I do not have bus, subway, ferry, or train service in the rural coutryside where I live.
- Third, if St. Francis were alive today he would really like the new all electic cars and bicycles, but would they offer enough range?
I really like the new Toyota i-ROAD, but with only a range of 30 miles and a top speed of 45mph, it would not meet my needs. Great vehicle for people who only need short trips. WEBSITE for Toyota i-ROAD
I really like the new i3 by BMW all electric car with a range of 150 miles, but rule this one out with a hefty price tag of $42,000. Need some money to be able to help the poor!
Video by Green Car Reports:
The new Elio is the best choice for my needs, and still trying to live a good Franciscan life in the spirit of Laudato Si’
- The Elio is only $6,800
- The Elio gets 84 mpg with a range over 600 miles beween fill-ups.
- The Elio uses a 3-cylinder .9 liter gasoline engine, but emits less gas than a flatulent cow over a year.
- Top speed of 107 mph
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Interested to know if you know if you have any good ideas to try and live the Gospel Life in the spirit of Caring for Creation in the message of Laudato Si’ — please share your thoughts.