Thursday, January 18, 2007
Electricity is the Hero
The subject of alternate transportation and taxing the current modes thereof has been brought up.
Some favor a carbon tax, some favor mass transit, I favor electricity.
Personally I believe cars that run on electricity are the answer here. My background in the automotive field has taught me one very important thing, gas and diesel powered vehicles are dirty, complicated, and expensive to repair and maintain.
There is a need for more cars that are electric powered. These are far less complicated, simpler to maintain and less pollutant creating than their fossil fuel counterparts. There would be fossil fuels used to build these cars, but once built, their fossil fuel days are over. Except for replacement parts there would not be any daily consumption of oil and oil products.
Lubricants can be and are made of synthetic polymers, tires also are being turned over to poly-type components.
Right now batteries are being used for electricity storage but with some research being done in the area of super capacitors, also an electrical storage device, they could be used instead of the chemical reaction batteries. This is not that complicated to do, several of the major automakers are currently building prototypes of electric vehicles. With incentives they could rush to production a vehicle that would equal the performance of any fossil fuel vehicle.
The question of poor people availability was raised. Electric cars could be made very affordable and a lot cheaper than current cars just because of their simplicity, less parts means less money outlay and lower maintenance cost over the long term.
Truly a lot more viable than imposing a tax penalty on fossil fuel vehicles which would directly impact the folks least able to pay, without leaving them any alternatives, electric cars would be a real answer to energy consumption now, and would allow the mobility so many people need.
Now about wind and solar power.......