Hybrid car pioneer and “father of the Prius” Takeshi Uchiyamada says the billions poured into developing battery electric vehicles have
ultimately been in vain. "Because of its shortcomings--driving range, cost and recharging time--the electric vehicle is not a viable replacement for
most conventional cars," said Uchiyamada. "We need something entirely new."
Uchiyamada’s comments come as the U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday that the government is backing off President Barack Obama’s promise
to put one million electric cars on American roads by 2015. As Breitbart News reported last September, there are just 30,000 electric cars on American
"Whether we meet that goal in 2015 or 2016, that's less important than that we're on the right path to get many millions of these vehicles on the
road," said an Energy Department official.
President Obama made promotion of electric vehicles a key component of his green initiative. Last September, the Congressional Budget Office reported
that federal policies to prop up and promote electric cars will cost taxpayers $7.5 billion through 2019.
Several of the electric car companies Obama has funneled taxpayer funds to have floundered. U.S. electric battery maker A123 Systems, which received a
$249 million taxpayer-funded government loan, announced last year its decision to sell a controlling stake to Wanxiang, a Chinese company, for $450
million. Similarly, lithium-ion battery manufacturer Ener1, Inc., which received a $118.5 million taxpayer-funded grant, filed for bankruptcy. And
another company, Aptera Motors, has already folded.
“The electric car, after more than 100 years of development and several brief revivals, still is not ready for prime time--and may never be,”
It seems the hybrid car pioneer Takeshi Uchiyamda is conceding that their efforts put into battery powered electric vehicles has been a waste of time.
They have amassed billions on this alternative energy source, but due to the lack of driving range, cost and recharge time, it is looking less likely
to be the energy efficient model for future vehicle projects.
So far America has only managed to put 30,000 of these style cars on the road. Despite president Obama touting electric vehicles as the future, he has
poured around $7.5 billion through 2019 to continue to promote electric vehicles. The president has dumped a lot of money into these programs, just to
have a few of them flop after receiving tax payer funded government loans. I think we should be using some of the other alternative fuel sources
available on a mass scale.
Here is a list of some alternative fuels that we can currently use, and with more research could implement commercially.
Ethanol is an alcohol-based alternative fuel that is made by fermenting and distilling crops such as corn, barley or wheat. Ethanol can be blended
with gasoline to increase octane levels and improve emissions quality.
2. Natural Gas:
Natural gas is an alternative fuel that burns clean and is already widely available to people in many countries through utilities that provide natural
gas to homes and businesses. When used in natural gas vehicles—cars and trucks with specially designed engines—natural gas produces far fewer
harmful emissions than gasoline or diesel.
Hydrogen can be mixed with natural gas to create an alternative fuel for vehicles that use certain types of internal combustion engines. Hydrogen is
also used in fuel-cell vehicles that run on electricity produced by the petrochemical reaction that occurs when hydrogen and oxygen are combined in
the fuel “stack.”
Propane—also called liquefied petroleum gas or LPG—is a byproduct of natural gas processing and crude oil refining. Already widely used as a fuel
for cooking and heating, propane is also a popular alternative fuel for vehicles. Propane produces fewer emissions than gasoline, and there is also a
highly developed infrastructure for propane transport, storage and distribution.
Biodiesel is an alternative fuel based on vegetable oils or animal fats, even those recycled after restaurants have used them for cooking. Vehicle
engines can be converted to burn biodiesel in its pure form, and biodiesel can also be blended with petroleum diesel and used in unmodified engines.
Biodiesel is safe, biodegradable, reduces air pollutants associated with vehicle emissions, such as particulate matter, carbon monoxide and
Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, can be used as an alternative fuel in flexible fuel vehicles that are designed to run on M85, a blend of 85
percent methanol and 15 percent gasoline, but automakers are no longer manufacturing methanol-powered vehicles. Methanol could become an important
alternative fuel in the future, however, as a source of the hydrogen needed to power fuel-cell vehicles.
P-Series fuels are a blend of ethanol, natural gas liquids and methyltetrahydrofuran (MeTHF), a co-solvent derived from biomass. P-Series fuels are
clear, high-octane alternative fuels that can be used in flexible fuel vehicles. P-Series fuels can be used alone or mixed with gasoline in any ratio
by simply adding it to the tank.
Now ethanol is viable, but most modern engines currently out right now do not like large amounts of ethanol, I know it wreaks havoc on small engines.
Natural gas would be a good alternative, it's abundant and under the right conditions can be used very efficiently, but fracking and the processing
of it can get nasty.
Hydrogen would work, but needs more work on a good stable fuel cell. Propane isn't hard to come by, and some machines and vehicles already operate
off of propane, such has fork lifts and some industry vehicles. I think Biodiesel is the easiest conversion we could do right now, and it could create
more money for farmers, and it's biodegradle, as well as easy on emissions. I'm not sure about the use of full methanol, but it could be used for
I'm not too informed on P-Series fuels, but from reading this article, it seems like this could be used as an octane booster, which could provide
extra fuel economy (or it could encourage lead foot driving), I'd assume if it was used in the right engine.
What say you ATS?
Is electric battery powered vehicles a waste of time, or should we turn our efforts in a new direction?
electric cars not viable -
Top Alternative Fuels
- remove electric vehicles from list.