The first real production car, the Ford Model-T, was built during 1908 and 1909. 1909 was the first year they came to the market. That is not the
Many of the first cars became death traps. Although they were made of metal, they were much more likely to flip, have trouble stopping, and leave the
driver with minimal control. Safety, horsepower, and design became the driving (excuse the punn) factors for cars. Power was needed for farming and
industry, safety was needed for everyone, and design was needed to make them more of a capitalistic dream for consumers.
Efficiency is a hard game to play. Sound, heat, vibration, motion, and light all channel energy away from your combustion reaction. Look at that
list? What item on that list does the car NOT produce? There-in lies the problem. We like our cars to rapidly lose energy, but don't think that we
should have to take the hit in gasoline consumption. You can go out and get hundreds of miles to the gallon right now. Sure, you'll have to spend
thousands on a carburator probably 3 feet across, but you can do it... I know they use efficient carburators on tanks, but they require so much power
that the efficiency drops to nearly nothing.
Just for the record, oil technology advances quite rapidly these days. Plastics are mostly made from oil. In fact, here's a list of items:
Why do you think oil is such an enormous industry? Because Big Oil makes half of the stuff people use during their lifetime. And as far as non-oil
based synthetics go, they can be difficult to make and more importantly they can be extremely costly (which the world is not willing to pay for).
I do advocate lower oil consumption. I do believe in energy efficiency. I also believe that these technologies take time and have to become popular
in capitalistic societies. You can wish all you want for cars that get 200 miles to the gallon, but unless you're willing to pay an extra $50,000
for that car, you might as well start looking for a better way to support your cause. Personally, I'm still confused on the best way to approach this
[edit on 17-7-2004 by Protector]