It’s become a widespread solution that all our gas troubles will be solves when the government finally decides to release the electric car to the wide-scale public. Our dependency on fossil fuels will decrease (you still need grease to easily move parts around) – true.Charging the car from what I know with current methods and currently active electric cars you get a decent amount of charge for the mileage but you do have to charge it per day or two sofar (gas is $30-70 depending on your car but will usually last you a week). Charge per watt per day adds up on your electric bill at the end of the month (less your bumming off people in the road). Solar panels on electric cars can help out alot and is an nice soulution but remember that all rechargable batteries stop holding a charge at some point in theyr lives. Most laptops carry a 6-cell battery which tends to die out 2years or so down the line with constant use and cost about $180-250 if you lucky to replace. Now a car is going to consume alot more battery than a laptop does. It might have more cells yes, and it might go out in 3-4 years as opposed to 2… but if a 6cell alone cost about $180 and that car is going to need atleast a 20-cell? Thats a hella expensive battery rechargable or not.
Solution? Forget the Electric car and say hello to the Air Powered Car (and NO i’m not talking about Sailboats or sticking a giant air catching banner out your window). Originally researched in france, its a 4 seater car (models in production have a strong resemblance to a buggy or yaris) with 3-4 giant cans of compressed air at the bottom. Essentially the car pistons are moved and pumped using compressed air as opposed to the traditional spark and flameburst. The car runs alot cooler, they can still use gas stations (with equipment they already have – i.e the tire pumps), it doesn’t weight as much (you have 3-4 tanks of compressed air on the bottom of your car that weight abit but you could very easily lift each either by yourself or with a friend). I doubt you could pump it up using the lil hand pump your bike used but you can still fill it at home with the right equipment. No carbon emissions same as electric so car pollution will no longer be a real threat and without the 3hour charge time. Rus 200 miles othat one charge of compressed air and if thats not enough just carry spare air canisters in the trunk if you need a backup.
Now granted most gas powered car parts cost about $400 anyways and yes with going electric the technology IS going to change but either to more tiny-er components and switch/circuit boards as opposed to radiators and trasnmissions. It’ll be good for another economy driver helping the automobile and repair industry, but we’ll still be investing and paying more for these electric cars overall than we do for gas and current car parts.
see it in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY1KNxhd2Zs
Theyre also talking about making it somehow recycle it’s own power and generate it’s out backup supply (I’m guessing when you push the breaks or something) but that part isnt implimented just yet. Overall for the better and cleaner more cost effective to us method – air powered cars are idealy the best solution.