In ancient Athens, Aristotle condamned the idealists who "... spoon-feed their pupils a simplified world, populated with imaginary, perfect forms". His school, he said, is "... grounded in the real world". So "... if you wish to join those frivolous philosopher kings and lodge your head in the clouds, now is your chance to leave."
Back to today's world, and for those of us who prefer Reality over Ideals, we begin to realize that our planet is consuming more energy every day, that temperatures rise and will reach a point of no-return within one generation. We see these phenomena as unavoidable as long as human nature does not change.
And human nature will not change.
If someone was to announce to the world that we still have a very slight chance of stopping the ecological disaster provided we agreed to reducing the global economic activity drastically, human nature would resist on the ground that we "deserve" to live better. If someone explained that the only way to live better without increasing global economic activity is to reduce the world's population starting today, human nature would resist on the ground that we all "deserve" to live, including the next generations.
Many times, the search for ideals prevents us from adopting any solution at all.
We simply decided to offer the VeloSolex as a better alternative to cars. No, it is not the ideal vehicle, but the ideal vehicle either does not exist or when it exists, it is will not be suitable for all functions.
On the other hand, VeloSolex is the lowest cost, lowest carbon signature, lowest gas consumption vehicle you can find today for your daily commuting needs. True, it is not that flashy, does not include high tech gadgets and looks old fashioned. But when you force your human nature to disregard all these non essential aspects, you remain with a set of real, cool advantages, the best vehicle that will take one person from A to B, using the strict minimum of ressources.
Luckily, the VeloSolex is not only a logical vehicle, it happens to be also a fun ride that can make you feel really good and put a smile on your face.
And when you ride it, you convey a message. You state that you let go of the habitual ways of doing things.