While some countries pull ahead with high-tech, others are stuck with outdated and resource-intense habits. This is especially true for transportation technology. Before one judges too easily though it’s important to look at the cultural and historical angles. Understanding these ties is a precondition if you want to bring change to the game.
The United States will have a particularly hard time getting off oil and fossile fuels. Fracking and Canadian oil sand extractions re-established the US as a major player in the oil game. Changing the entire system from ground up will require massive efforts and environmental awareness among US citizens has to catch up – the sooner, the better. Why not pick up that railway topic where it got purposely stuck in the 1950’s by the car manufacturers lobbies. But there is hope … if the valley keeps rocking, we might all drive Teslas soon.