Electric? Bio-fuel? Hybrid?
electric motors are far more efficient at delivering motive force than infernal combustion engine (ice), better torque, regenerative braking, 0 consumption when stationary, no warm-up required. It is also a much more pleasent driving experience, quiet, smooth & smell free. £0 road tax; £0 congestion charge; free parking & recharging in some cities. Electric cars are much simpler than ice so cheaper to maintain, eg no complex gearbox, cooling or exaust system.
But don’t expect to hear about any of these incredible cars that can out perform a ferrari, and meet 90% of our personal transport requirements without polluting or using unsustainable resourses in the UK fossil headed and global corporation beholden media
the energy convertion from primary fuel is far more efficient in large generators than small ice because of the laws thermodynamics and the generators are running at optimum temperature & load, constantly monitored and maintained, and can use unrefined fuel near to source and a very efficent delivery re-fueling system right to where you park your car. You can even put solar pannes/wind generator on your garage; Tesla motors recon ,000 of solar pannels would be enough for most of our motoring needs.
Pure electric cars will do >250miles per charge; but if you need to go further without a 60minute break, then it is possible to tow a small generator when required; see the tZero. Otherwise a hybrid is just extra weight to cart around and dependency on petrol stations.
bio-fuel will mean choosing between feeding and clothing an increasing world population or the privileged few driving. Plus most bio-fuels currently require lots of non-renewable agro-chemical inputs and processing. (henry ford used hemp oil, which can be grown organically but is banned in the US, probably because it would upset the oil industry). Similar argument applies to animal powered, eg horse, transport, they require a lot of fodder and maintenance for the work they deliver.
on: 28th November 06