I just came up with this idea to thinking about the "gas out" on Monday. I say on facebook there are like 20,000 people who joined the group- which really doesn't do anything, but i digress.
Here's the idea
you get a bunch of people together and they pay $10 a week or something (that's less than 2 extra value meals at Mcdonalds)
They put their name, current mpg, and miles traveled per year and gas price. I would like to keep track to see how many gallons of gas this program saves
When the amount of money equals a critical amount there is a raffle and who ever wins gets that money minus what they would be paying for gas (this goes back into the pot) put towards a BEV and ONLY a BEV.
They have to keep the BEV for a year.
You can also have it tiered
So the leaf is threshold #1
Tesla threshold #2
Ford Focus threshold #3
This is a non-profit so whoever is administering the program does not get any money. This is purely to get ICE engines off the road so someone whose a firm believer in BEVs is needed to volunteer their time. I think we can get this loop hole of a non-profit buying co-op since there is no profit and no one is being paid.
Think about it this way, if 5,000 people are putting $10/week, that's a Model S sale/week, not factoring the gas savings money. Given, a little over 1% of the people will get a vehicle/year, but this is a viable alternative to get people who can not afford a BEV a chance to own one.
Think it's a good idea or not?
Call it enlightened self-interest if you will. It's in everyone's benefit to consume less gasoline (cost of goods and services should decrease, in theory), so if you can give people a chance to not burn gas for a nominal fee, it'll work