reply to post by Elvis Hendrix
Belive it or not the first fully electric car was sold to an english aristocrat in 1897 by ferdinand porsche. thats a fact. the tech has been
around a looooooooong time it has just been surpressed by big oil. pretty disgusting really.
Indeed; it is quite disgusting you would think such a thing.
Confused? Let me explain why it is you should never procreate either biologically or as a surrogate:
Electricity has been around for a long time. Before petroleum refining, to be certain.
However, the automobile was made possible by petroleum. Electricity, even now, is not an adequate replacement for the energy available in petroleum.
It has an energy density that vastly exceeds any known energy storage medium for electricity - and super-capacitors have the potential to store as
much as ten times the amount of energy as the best lithium-ion batteries in research laboratories.
There is no way the automobile would have been adopted as a means of primary transportation without petroleum. Electricity was expensive, difficult
to produce (spare for coal combustion), and the endurance of said vehicles made them a novelty compared to the practicality of horse-drawn
Steam powered vehicles were more practical in the sense that one could almost always find wood debris to fuel the vehicle with.
Both electric cars and steam cars predated the petroleum powered vehicle and its internal combustion engine. "Big oil" didn't exist when the
electric car and the steam car were first debuted - and it didn't become big until the overwhelming practicality of petroleum made it a valuable
"Big oil" became big because it was the first and only practical means of powering long-distance transportation. Electric cars were never any real
Even as we move forward and electrical storage technologies improve - petroleum is not in the least likely to be supplanted as a fuel source for
vehicles. The next ten years sees the evolution of the internal combustion engine and its role: no longer a direct drive system, but as a power
generator for a primarily electrical system (which is far more efficient).
The next twenty to thirty years sees the eventual supplanting of the internal combustion engine - but not with a large system of batteries/capacitors.
Hydrocarbon fuel cells will catalyze many different forms of hydrocarbon fuels (from diesel to gasoline to alcohols) directly into electricity with
efficiencies of double anything possible by even the most advanced internal combustion systems (between 80 and 90% conversion efficiency).
Unless something absolutely radical comes along - petroleum will remain a staple of energy for our transportation needs. Electrical systems will lead
to much higher efficiencies and allow us to utilize fuels more effectively - but there simply isn't another source of power like petroleum.
Barring some absolutely spectacular results in fusion technologies that could allow for a fusion reactor to fit under the hood - or some kind of
"non-local power bus" (a way to "teleport" energy without transmitting it through classical space) that would allow large reactors to power
thousands... even millions of vehicles 'magically' (as conveniently as magic, that is... and as explicitly as can be described at this point).
How we use it will change. But the fact that it represents a very potent resource cannot and will not be overlooked.