Friday, 7 November 2014
What is the Future of the Car . . The Big Question
It has been some time since I tackled one of those big questions that I am obliged to answer by my sponsors, yes the world of the profession blogger is a right old game. I was thinking of starting another interesting tale of Master Higgs, Alice and Harry Potter but it will have to wait (involving a certain Penguin).
You see today we are asking the question . . . . . What is the Future of the Car . . . . Well that is a big question because we all know one thing for sure and that is we can't keep building them and using them as we presently do. Even though most of us would like to keep them and use them as we presently do; causing a right old conflict between Environmental issues, sustainability and the way we live.
Now everyone knows that most cars need oil, it’s what makes them run, we also know oil is a limited resource and if cars are going to remain everyday transport for the masses we need alternatives. Well the first of these is the Electric Car but it still has major issues and although there are Hybrid options available there are big issues with the lot. One being the hybrid cars still fundamentally rely on the oil and another being that they might seem more environmentally friendly, but they are not. The resources used to make the batteries are limited and all sorts of chemicals are involved and stuff is shifted all over the world in ships and lorry’s that use oil. So Electric cars are not Eco friendly even if folk tell you they are…. NO it’s true they are Eco-Rubbish .
AH DAMN I hear you all say but all is not yet lost there is the fuel cell which is sort of like a battery and produces electricity to power an electric car and I have a theory that the future could be a chemically powered car. There are many chemical reactions that produce loads of energy. Reactions similar to sticking polo mints or something similar in a bottle of Coca Cola which can cause a fairly interesting reaction (do not try at home or in the home). The point being chemistry could be used to produce energy from more sources than the traditional oil based ones to power either electric or combustion engines or even to create heat to power steam engines. I rather fancy driving a chemically powered steam car.
Of course lifestyle is another big issue with cars, I'm sure I can not be the only person who has found themselves stuck in a motorway traffic jam due to roadworks and noticed the thousands of cars heading in the opposite direction to the thousands of cars heading the same way as me. Surely there is something wrong in this because if all those folk heading the other way did the stuff myself and all those others stuck with me had to do. We could do what they need to do and no one would actually need to go anywhere. You see the big issue with personal transport as in cars, is we adapt our lifestyle to the fact we can travel all over the place rather than to more sensibly option of living within the area we can walkabout in. Unfortunately in the decadent west most of us are now locked into a way of life that needs personal transport to function. Which just goes to show what a big question tonight’s big question . . . . What is the Future of the Car . . . . really is. Unfortunately the answer is not in my hands but in the hands of politicians and governments so I don't expect things to end well.