posted on Jul, 15 2008 @ 04:11 PM
Overland trucking would be the slowest conversion factor but the major source of urban/suburban auto related pollution could be completely curtailed
in 10 years.
Allowing the consumer to save money by purchasing a low cost electric automobile that will further save the consumer the high cost of operating a gas
or gas/hybrid vehicle would be a good incentive, providing a tax credit for this vehicle will further encourage people to make the change.
Furthermore, it would negate the need for methane or ethanol as a substitute for gasoline in commuting. Ethanol and methane do not answer the
pollution problem and is dependent upon agriculture, which is needed as food and is climate and weather dependant and endangered.
These things are possible today with much less scientific research and dollars than the quest for a 100 mile battery or risky hydrogen extraction
I propose that the government should establish a competitive design program open to all American vehicle manufacturers (not just automobiles) to
design an electric commuter vehicle capable of meeting the specification described above as well as safety. That the competition be subsidized by the
government to aid domestic vehicle manufacturers currently facing downsizing due to the losses they have incurred by consumer in the high cost of
operating current vehicles.
This should be done with the same urgency, vigor and cooperation that existed during WWII because this is war! The government needs to put serious
money into this kind of program, not a couple of hundred thousand dollars for the development of a 100 mile battery but hundreds of millions of
dollars. This program will not only save our economy from the stranglehold of mid-east oil, but significantly improve the pollution problem. We can
set the example for the rest of the world.
Electric generating and distribution companies must also be included as a development partner with the same subsidy program afforded to the vehicle
This program will speed up the development of electric commuter vehicles, allow existing and struggling US vehicle manufacturers an opportunity to
retain it’s workforce (thereby reducing the burden on unemployment and the housing market in cities where job losses will result in mortgage
defaults) thereby reducing some of the mortgage problems of today.
Hydrogen power and hybrid designs can continue for the larger vehicles like cross country automobiles and short and long haul trucks. Government
subsidies and tax incentives should be increased for this research but the first and primary focus should be the commuter automobile.
So, there it is! Now everyone can tell me why it won’t work, and tell me how it can work. And who should be given the idea to run with (if it is
feasible like I think it is).