so we can reduce the pollution that threatens our existence on earth
Our gasoline powered cars depends on carbon fuels like crude oil to run. We obtain this fossil fuel from deep inside the earth globally by drilling and turning the crude oil it into gasoline. Major producers and suppliers of crude oil are the United States, and in Europe, the Middle East particularly, like Iran, Iraq, Bahrain etc. In the Middle East, there is much turmoil in these areas mainly due the protection of the oil reserves by the stakeholders and other internal struggles politically and economically that threatens the ready availability of future supplies.
However, while oil is a non-renewable resource and supplies are dwindling fast in the earth’s crust, it is becoming critical throughout the world to find alternative energy supplies for our heating and transportation needs for the future. The oil resources we have now should be used very discriminatively while we conduct continuous research to find new forms of energy to get our work done.
We cannot continue to depend on oil to run our cars without endangering our existence. The Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions from gasoline are causing adverse global climate change. So, we have to reduce our demand for oil, although we cannot completely eliminate the need for imported oil.
Federal legislation by the U.S. government was recently passed a law to decrease oil imports. The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards on new cars and trucks will be implemented shortly. With this legislation in place, it is expected that vehicles will attain 35 miles per gallon by the year 2020 and a reduction of petroleum usage would be around 25 billion gallons by 2030.
This might be the right time to get your first electric car and lead the way to conserve our fast depleting supplies of oil. The earth’s magnetic field is a very powerful force which can be harnessed to power or vehicles instead of the fossil fuels, like gasoline. Because of this magnetic field we have the capability to create electric motors and other similar devices to power all kinds of machinery to make our lives easier. Already in production are electric cars which perform very well with the new technologies in electronics, batteries and braking systems that matches the gasoline powered ones.
Electric vehicles (EV’s) are powered by small powerful rechargeable battery packs which drive an electric motor that turns the wheel of your car. These electric vehicles have major advantages over the gas powered model also known as Internal Combustion Engines (ICE’s). There are many advantages of the electric vehicle over the ICE’s:
- Energy efficiency: EV’s convert from 59-62% of electrical energy from the battery powered source to the wheels. ICE’s only convert about 19-21% of energy stored in the gasoline to power the wheels.
- Friendly to the Environment: EV’s do not emit pollutants to the atmosphere like the tailpipe does from your gas driven cars.
- Exceptional Performance: EV’s are quiet in operation, smoother running, has stronger acceleration and requires less maintenance, both short and long term.
- Available Locally: An abundance of electricity is available locally and the supply can be controlled.
- Driving range is about 100-200 miles before charging while gasoline vehicles can go around 300 miles without refueling. However, EV’s carry bulky batteries.
- Cost of batteries: Large battery packs are relatively expensive and may have to be replaced one or more times over the life of the car.
- Recharging Time: This can take 4 to 8 hours. Even a quick battery charge can take 30minutes or more to get an 80% capacity.
The innovation in EV’s has come a long way fast. The major car companies are now offering these EV’s at reasonable costs so together we all can combat the ill effects of the emissions from oil and gas. It is reasonable to expect that the gas cars will go away and the modern EV’s will take its place.
The Federal government is now giving incentives for those innovators and those who like challenges an opportunity to make the world a better place. Here is their offer:
If you are a proponent for clean air and water, and green earth then you are now in a position to do something positive about it. The Federal government is giving a tax credit of up to $7,500 if you purchase an EV after 2010. The credit amount varies based on the battery used to fuel the vehicle.
Your first electric car could be the long awaited change in your life!