Weight, Fuel Consumption, Future of Cars. The Electric Apocalypse...
Plus, the planet is suddenly buried in stupid and extremely heavy batteries that give such a pathetic power/weight ratio, maybe even lower than the much cursed fossil fuels. In ten or twenty years we will have gigantic mountains of batteries to which Toyota, Renault and other "green" car companies would have contributed considerably.
What will we do with this long-term polluting and highly toxic waste? Especially compared to the now common burning of gasoline. How will we get rid of it? We'll just throw it under the carpet and deposit it in third-world countries, right? Then we'll think of something else to do with it... someday. For example, I propose we bury it in the oceans. It's cheap and with no visible downsides... at least for the first couple of years.
This is obviously ridiculous! Ridiculous and extremely nonproductive! We are just fooling ourselves.
The solution is so clear and visible, but it's ignored. Obviously, because of economic reasons. Just how much of a fuel consumption reduction do you achieve by putting a couple of tiny electrical motors to supplement an anemic internal combustion engine on a two and half tonne behemoth? How much good did you do for your planet by combining a puny engine with batteries that add another 500 kilograms (1100 pounds) to the car's overall mass?
Think about it for a minute! How much would an internal combustion engine's mileage be, one that usually uses let's say 10 liters of fossil fuel per 100 kilometers (US 23.5 mpg) around town, if the mass it has to carry is at least twice as smaller? Won't it have a better energy efficiency and mileage? Apart from the better economy and lower emissions you also shouldn't forget the improved overall performance.
I think that the future belongs to much lighter cars. The future means cars that are constructed out of composite materials, so that a car should would be of normal size but weigh a maximum of 500 kilograms (about 1100 pounds). A small car from the future should weigh as much as a current motorcycle, so it would be able to use smaller and more efficient engines, while its fuel consumption and emissions would be ridiculously tiny compared to today's standards.
This is the future gentlemen! Drastic reductions in weight. If you think my idea is close to impossible just take a look at Gordon Murray's T.25 project. OK, some alternative fuels would be nice, or even electric engines. The problem is that without some intelligently-designed batteries, with bigger storage capacities and much more friendly with the environment, preferably organic, it would be a crime to switch to "electric" so soon.
Current electric engines are truly a crime against humanity. They're much more evil than normal ICE (Internal Combustion Engines) in the long term and extremely uncomfortable for any sane being. Plus, I think we all agree an electric car should be capable of somehow recharging its batteries while driving. It's pretty stupid to charge your car from your home's power outlet on a daily basis. Where do you think that energy comes from, since it doesn't fall out of the sky? Think about it!
I propose we stop being ignorant and phony and start thinking before throwing the whole planet in an indescribable and unprecedented mess. I think that the experience with diesel fuel has sufficiently demonstrated the fact that we must pay for any stupid thing we do.
The pollution made by diesel-powered cars is greater than ever, with whole European cities (which haven't yet banned this type of fuel) being suffocated by older cars with no catalysts or any kind of particle filters. And all for just a smaller fuel consumption, but with the price of cars that are stupid, loud, hard to maintain, uncomfortable and only good for plowing in the field, as my colleague Sir Bach strongly thinks...
Instead of progressing, we always choose the "cheap" solutions, which is usually much more dumb and less healthy in the long run. In the race for quick profits, the big car manufacturers don't give a rat's a** about a real change and only oblige themselves to follow dumb rules invented by a bunch of old rich politicians, who are so stupidly and superficially governing the faith of the whole planet.
It's time to start thinking and come up with real solutions! With long term solutions, that actually provoke change for the better instead of an avalanche of age-old problems relaunching with a different look...
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Car batteries are currently being recycled and this will continue into the future. As for energy "since is doesn't fall out of the sky", I again assume you are joking. Oddly enough, energy does fall out of the sky, onto my solar panels and charges my electric car. It is a beautiful thing.
It's a shame you might actually misslead some readers. Check out betterplace project, BYD cars, think about how much energy is needed to get oil, clean it up, refine it, transport it, pump it and even after that you run an ICE at 30 efficiency!!
Sorry, but there is a reason why people are turning to electric. Have you even noticed how you can use electric vehicles as supplementary power plants during peak hours when approx.90% of the cars are parked?!
If battery recycling is sorted out, this is the future, the far better heading then anything else available to us right now.
Best regards, Portugalrules (or you can call me Luís)
The best way forward are electric vehicles and in the near future.. Hydrogen Fuel cells. Electric cars are about 80% efficient. There's no doubt about it. Electric cars were first around in 1890s! Its just because petrol engines had a better range that electric cars eventualy lost out. However, Battery technology has improved alot in the last 2 decades alone. Electric cars are the right way to go atleast for the next 2 decades from 2010.
Hopefully by 2020... some researcher or researchers will have figured out an alloy that can be used in fuel cells and make them cheap enough to replace batteries.
Hydrogen is not very expensive to produce... All you need is electricity (can be solar or wind powered) and H2O.
All oil companies are well aware that Hydrogen will eventually kill them. That's why they'd do anything to stop progress to that stage. Only someone brave enough to fend off ruthless oil corporations can make this change.
1. Oil extract (gasoline)
4. Transportation (trucks and more people)
6. Fill car tank
Electric energy is much more simpler, cheaper and ecofriendly.
1. Extract energy (fuel, trash, sugarcane, solar...)
2. Generate energy
3. Transport (cables)
4. Fill car batteries
Still, I think this change won´t happen so quickly. I expected 10-20 years until every car in production be able to move with both electric and fuel energy.
We usually think that the future will be this or that. We forget that it can be both.