A world embracing of greener living alongside powerful and comfortable automobiles once seemed like a distant and unreachable object. Whilst stepping stones still mar the path of progress, the concept is beginning to become less and less blurred in the new millennium. Hybrids rolling off the assembly line in 2012 are being snapped up by forward thinking consumers, but it’s been a painful marriage between renewable living and the automobile industry.
After the electric car suffered its untimely defeat in the 1990s, the carpet has been rolled out recently to welcome it back to the fore. Approaching it with a new mind set, the automobile industry has looked upon electric cars now as they look upon family saloons, sports coupes and utility vehicles. Addressing them with the same expectations and intentions as their other cars bring them into the 21st century and away from their stained reputation as pedestrian and unsightly plastic cars.
This was something that was unheard of when electric cars where first being built in concept models. Today, it has all changed and there are production models that connected to the grid or V2G.
How the Auto Industry is Going Green
The auto industry is not yet green by any measure, nor are the methods of manufacturing. A gradual change in the demand for environmentally friendly cars and increased performance is plotting an attractive upward scale on the graph.
The Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric are enjoying great success in North America, whilst even the luxury market is being catered to with Tesla brand vehicles. Powered by renewable electrical energy sources, one piece of the puzzle in the connection between eco-auto is being slotted into place.
Powering a Mobile Society in the Future
The need for speed also has a need for energy, and it is becoming more obvious that petroleum as we knew it in the twentieth century will be a thing of the past in the not-so-distant future. Will electricity alone be able to power the transportation needs of the future, or will society as a whole need to be less mobile?
There is still the question of power the millions of cars on the road, and it is obvious that we will not wake up tomorrow and see a charging station to power-up your vehicle on every corner. Some metropolitan areas are beginning to install these power points at some of the larger and busier fill-up stations, but it’s a slow and arduous transition.
The city of London has a network of recharging points for EVs (Electric Vehicles) that is steadily growing, and will continue to grow as the need to get away from petrol continues. Many of these places offer free charging with the purchase of a yearly parking permit. Wholly aside from the issue of the environment, the soaring fuel price in the United Kingdom is going to sell this green charging syndicate itself.
London and its Boroughs are a great example of people getting away from the need for petrol. The problem is not only related to petrol, the electricity that is produced for London is not enough to support all the transportation needs of the people who live there.
Combing Technologies with the Auto Industry for Renewable Living
The words auto and renewable seem to clash when talking about manufacture. There is an urgent need to get away from dependence on petrol, but it cannot be done with electricity or alternative fuels alone. It will take a combined effort using many different technologies to overcome the need for petrol.
Alternative fuels, in their fledgling existence, have sky-high prices which many companies are unwilling to pay. With all the goodwill in the world, businesses exist to make money and shifting their perspective to environmental savings is normally of natural detriment to their profit.
The combined technologies will be the solution to energy needs and the transportation industry. It is a cycle where everything is related, and it is time to look past the auto, and find real solutions to these problems. The good news is the public at large are more concerned than ever about the need to live in a world the uses renewable resources for its needs.
This article was provided by Matt Bonner. Matt has been a car mechanic since he left school, but has recently been introduced to the need for a greener living. He currently irritates co-workers at EasyWheels to improve their eco lifestyles.