Since the original articles within this website were written in 2006, many things have happened to our economy and to our environment. The oil prices went through the roof, causing home heating, grocery and transportation cost to get out of control. Bank Bail out, Auto Company Bailout, Oil spill in the Gulf and the other oil spill in Lake Michigan all suggest the perfect storm. The environment and economy both clashing could be what the world needs to finally take the giant leap to embracing renewable energy.
Residential Solar Powered Homes
Energy Efficient Cars
THEN- Some people have thought, why not an all electric car with no emissions. The problem with electric cars is that they are expensive and are usually slower than internal combustion engines. The batteries are also heavier and need to be charged for hours at a time. That was then, this is now. Technology has improved!
NOW-Scientists are already trying to make cars and motorcycles more fuel efficient or not use fossil fuels at all. General Motors will offer the Chevy Volt this fall as part of their Fuel efficient line up. The Chevy Volt has a Lithium battery and allows the volt to travel at least 40 miles n just the battery along. Combined with the gas powered engine the volt will travel for 300 miles on one tank of gas and charge combined. The VOlt initial price is $41,000 and with the federal incentive of $7500 the price tag becomes 33500. The Prius, Hybred electric which also offers a solar roof to help keep the car cool, from Toyota has been around for a couple of years. The prius boast of having EPA tested 50 mpg combined city and highway driving with a price tag of $22,000. The cost of these cars will hopefully become low enough for the everyday car consumer to purchase.
Current Hybrid and Electric Cars on the Market.
There are ways for us to prevent Global Warming that are already being used without you even noticing it.
Diesel is now becoming more efficient than ever. Diesel is becoming cleaner than regular unleaded! New injection systems which pressurize the diesel to such extremes that it burns more thoroughly and in turn makes it more efficient and somewhat cleaner. The Diesel fuel itself is also becoming more efficient from the way it is produced to burn cleaner. diesel engines now have high pressure fuel injectors which pressurize the fuel to such a degree that it burns more thoroughly.
Diesel cars can also run on used cooking oil with a small modification (changing the fuel line to a line that won't corrode as easily with the sunflower oil.) all you have to do is go to any restaurant and ask for there waste cooking oil. restaurants will happily give it to you, they can't do anything with it. after collecting enough, all you have to do is run it through a fuel filter to remove French fry sediments and other stuff. I suggest checking out other sites for more complete instructions, if they go into all of the complicated chemical analysis stuff and expensive stuff don't listen to them, find another site. The Mythbusters proved the simplicity of it on their show.
New Catalytic converters for example are already being installed on most new cars. these converters change the carbon dioxides and monoxides from the exhaust into just plain carbon dioxide which is in turn changed by plants into oxygen. Carbon dioxide emissions are still a problem, but it is better than carbon monoxide which is not converted by plants. The converters use a catalyst, usually platinum, to change the harmful gasses in the cars exhaust like carbon-monoxide to less harmful gasses like carbon-dioxide which are changed to oxygen naturally by trees. There is still a problem with the emissions though.
Hybrids are a big leap in fuel efficiency, being part internal combustion and part electric. The combustion engine charges the batteries in the car while the electric motor is not in use. There are still some emissions though.
Things to consider
One solution to this is the use of ultra-capacitors. Capacitors work just like batteries, but they charge almost instantaneously. Ultra-capacitors are the more efficient versions of them, holding much more than regular capacitors. Ultra-capacitors can also be charged and re-charged thousands of times, unlike batteries. These ultra-capacitors are only about 1/25 the efficiency of a regular battery, for the same size. with more research into the subject, the ultra-capacitors will hopefully replace batteries in many applications, including electric cars.
One car that I have found recently called the Eliica has a top speed of 400 kilometers per hour! Accelerates from 0-100 kilometers per hour in just four seconds! And the amazing part is that it's Electric!
The website is all in Japanese, but I managed to find the top speed and what not. The site is http://www.eliica.com/ what a shocker...