What Would Zeus Drive?

Available in Wiki Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Chariot_of_Zeus_-_Project_Gutenberg_eText_14994.pngA few months ago, we answered the question: What Would Jesus Drive? This week EdenKeeper will continue to ponder one of the greatest theological questions of our modern times: what vehicles would the world’s gods, prophets, and enlightened teachers drive? This is a legitimate question to ask. Every religious leader from the Pope to the Dalai Lama relies on a car. Plus, if you were a god, wouldn’t you want a sweet ride?

We’ll start with Zeus, the “Father of Gods and men”, from Greek mythology. If Zeus wanted to escape the confines of Mount Olympus and visit a beautiful nymph or princess in the fields and valleys below, what would he drive to get there? That is assuming he wants to leave his 4-horsepower chariot (pictured) in the garage.

Zeus is best known as the God of Thunder. As the story goes, Zeus usurped the throne of Mount Olympus from his father with the help of the Cyclopes who he released from their dungeon in Tartarus. As a token of their appreciation, the Cyclopes gave Zeus thunderbolts.

The thunderbolt is a huge clue to unraveling the mystery of Zeus’s likely car. As the God of Thunder, it may be that Zeus would drive a Ford Thunderbird. The first few generations of T-Birds from the 50s and 60s were certainly attention-grabbing cars. Who could forget that image of Thelma and Louise flying into the heavens in their 1966 blue Ford Thunderbird? Or (maybe a better image) President John F. Kennedy featuring 50 of the new sleek “Bullet Bird” style convertibles during his 1961 inauguration parade. The old T-Birds were beautiful cars.

But Ford Thunderbirds, especially the older models, are gas guzzlers. And as the God of Thunder, I can’t imagine Zeus desiring gasoline over electricity. I think Zeus would look to “bolt” Mount Olympus in a stylish, EV like the Chevy (thunder)Volt.

The Volt definitely has prestige. It’s won numerous accolades: 2009 Green Car Vision Award; 2011 Green Car of the Year; 2011 North American Car of the Year; 2011 World Green Car; and 2012 European Car of the Year. Plus, according to Gas2, GM may debut an all-new 2016 Chevy Volt that gets a new look and a new front-wheel drive platform. Combined with other rumors, such as an all-new three-cylinder generator and a potential 200-mile range, the second-generation Volt may be truly divine!

Of course, we’ll never know the year, make, and model Zeus would actually choose. It’s a question scholars and historians will continue to debate. But I think the power and the prestige of the Chevy Volt make it a strong contender.

What do you think?

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I'm an organic-eating, energy-saving naturalist who composts and tree hugs in her spare time. I have a background in environmental law, lobbying, and field work. I believe in God; however, I do not call myself a Christian or a Jew or a member of any religion. I am merely someone who finds a spiritual connection to all humans and the environment. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .