Batterie operated cars?
24 Jul 09
Cars already run on batteries, they also burn gasoline. It would be nice if they could invent a car that doesn't need to run on gasoline. Electric cars may also be a good idea too. It would be nice though, if the new cars had a little noise to them, so that blind people would know they are coming. My husband and I are both almost blind, and we have a hard time when the new noiseless cars come down the street.
24 Jul 09
Electric cars are definetely the future, they produce no local pollultion (but they produce pollution in the plant where the electricity is produces if it uses fossil fuels), wheter they will use batteries or fuel cells is not yet known. The problem is that batteries are quite heavy, so cars that are limited in their maximum mileage with one recharge, but this is not a huge limitation for transportation inside big cities. Battery powered electric cars are great for short commuting, but in other circumstances they show all their limits. Anyway 70% of car commuting is below 50 km/day in my country so the potential is quite high. Fuel cells can use hydrogen to produce electricity, so there is no problem with recharge time like in battery powered cars, but they are very expensive and practically out of the market for the moment, probably in the future prices will go down, but it is yet to be determined if they will be economically viable in the medium term. Plug in hybrid vehicles are the best present solution, they have the advantages of electric vehicles, such as braking energy recovery, and the possibility to drive for some time only with electricity, but also have a conventional internal combustion engine to make it more flexible, and usable even in long distance commuting, mpg is much better even when using gasoline as fuel instead of electricity, because the presence of the electric engine makes the efficiency of the ice increase considerably.
• United States
24 Jul 09
Though it is not good for the people that are in the oil companies, it will be good for the consumers. Not to mention, oil is used for more than just cars, so its not like the companies are completely screwed. One other important thing to remember that there are still going to be MANY people who LOVE older cars and will continue to buy gas for those cars. Also, many people can't afford the battery-operated cars, so they will have to go for cars that run on fuel, so i do not think it will have TOO much effect on those companies, and if they do, then the people who lost their jobs in the fuel business can always get hired with the electric company since they would sure be needing a whole lot of people. I bet they will start making "charge up" stations especially for electric cars. Just wait, in not too long gas stations will have a separate section for charging up. I'm sure of it. Hope i answered your question well. take care & happy mylotting.