Green is the color of the future. Most companies’ main focus is to release a product that is eco friendly. Take the auto industry for example; just about every car company has a “green” car out. I absolutely adore the idea of mass producing cars with low emissions, and exceptional gas mileage, but some car manufacturers are going about making eco friendly cars in the wrong ways. In 1997, the first hybrid car was released. The Toyota Prius was a type of technology we Americans have never seen before. Nobody has ever thought of making a car with en electric motor and a gas powered engine.
For a while the Prius was the eco king, but we didn’t know that the Prius is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Creating the Prius’s battery is more damaging to the environment than making and driving a Hummer H2. The batteries are made up from nickel, and then it is then melted. When nickel is melted it releases sulfur dioxide into our environment. If you are unaware of what sulfur dioxide is, it is a poisonous gas that is released from erupting volcanoes. Looks like the Hummer might be a wiser choice. Just imagine a volcano going off every time a Prius battery is made.
Now Toyota isn’t the only car manufacturer held responsible for this. It’s all hybrids. Aside from destroying our planet, hybrids are very, very expensive. Your standard four door sedan has a 2. 0 liter engine that costs anywhere between 16,000 to 25,000 dollars. Now if you were to go out and invest in a four door hybrid, you’re getting a gas engine, a battery powered engine, and multiple batteries. That’s a lot more than what you get in your average sedan. We are all familiar with the saying “you get what you pay for,” well, you’re paying for all of that.
Hybrids usually start at 38,000 dollars, and skyrocket all the way up to 60,000 dollars. For that amount of money, you can buy a very reasonably priced car, fill it up with gas for a year, and you still would be paying less then a hybrid. Again, looks like the Hummer is coming into the picture. Needles to say, the thing about the hybrid is, are that the concept is great, but it still needs to be perfected. A solution to the toxic battery issue could be using different types of batteries. Speaking of batteries, I believe the future economical car is the electric car.
Just like hybrids, it’s a great concept, but is a work in progress. The only reasonably priced electric cars that are massed produces are the Chevrolet Volt, and the Nissan Leaf. Unfortunately, the Chevy Volt is going to be discontinued due to the lack of buyers. As I said I love the electric car but there are problems. Again, the battery is the killer. Only this time not literally. The Leaf and the Volts battery life are only about six hours. Most people don’t drive more than six hours a day, but don’t plan on going on a road trip. Once you’re out of juice it takes a good 10 to 13 hours to charge the battery.
That is the biggest problem. Although, I love the electric car, I believe there is another alternative. It’s not capable of emitting toxic, volcanic gas. Although, it might make our world look a little more blue than green. It is called the Honda Clarity. It’s the first hydrogen powered car. Before I explain, I want to give Honda a round of applause for creating this car. Hopefully the teen male population doesn’t try to ruin this car by “pimping” it out with big wheels, and other bells and whistles. Anyway, the Honda Clarity is the definition of an eco friendly car.
It isn’t powered by gas, or diesel, but by hydrogen. Let me explain. In the back of the car is where you fill it up with compressed hydrogen. Then the hydrogen is combined with oxygen in the fuel cell. Then, in a very complicated process, (which I rather not explain because I would need another essay to do so) it creates electricity. That electricity powers the electric motor which turn the wheels. In laymen terms hydrogen makes you go! Now, hydrogen costs just about the same as much as gasoline, but the good thing is that we will never run out.
Hydrogen is the most abundant element on the planet. The best part about this car is that the only emission the Clarity puts out is water. As I said earlier, the hydrogen (H) is combined with oxygen (O) in the fuel cell. Therefore creating and releasing water. Perfectly clean, drinking water. Yes, Honda claims that the water is very clean and drinkable, but alas, all good things come to an end. Hydrogen cars won’t be mass produced. Considering we can get hydrogen anywhere (including the U. S. A. ) there wont be a way to make money from it.
If we convert to hydrogen our government would fall and crash due to the fact that we couldn’t take the hydrogen like we take the oil. Yet, there is still hope for the perfect eco friendly car. Imagine a hybrid, but it is designed perfectly. Imagine an electric car whose battery run out on you. Ladies and gents, let me introduce to you the Fisker Karma. It has hybrid qualities, but considered an electric car. The Fisker has a battery system that has pretty good range, but when you run out while driving a 2. 0 liter gas engine comes on.
The engine doesn’t power the wheels, but an electricity generator. The generator is charging the batteries, and the batteries are running the car. As you see, it is one big circle. You’re charging while driving, and driving while charging. The Fisker is the most politically, and economically correct vehicle. There are solar panels on the cars roof to power the A/C, satellite navigation, all the goodies on the dashboard. Aside from being perfect, it’s quite fast as well. Now you’re probably thinking, “an electric car that goes over thirty miles an hour? That’s crazy,” but you’re wrong.
Electric engines produce more torque than gas and diesel powered engines. Car companies are thinking of was to make and eco friendly car fun and smart. The company Tesla, makes a car called the Tesla Roadster which is an electric sports car. Tesla has proven that their car is faster and more nimble in the corners than their rival, Lotus. Also the Lotus is just a normal gas powered sports car that gobbles up fuel while the Tesla beats it in every way and is electric. On top of that, Tesla’s electric engine produces more acceleration than the fastest car in the world, the Bugatti Veyron.
I appreciate that car companies like Honda, Fisker, and Tesla are trying to make our lives more fun, and more importantly our earth cleaner. If hybrids continue to rule the eco automotive world, we can kiss our so called green earth goodbye. We have the solutions to our problems, we just need to perfect them and make them happen. We need to show the hybrids that they are ancient technology. I mean after all, they have been around since 1997. It’s time to move forward, and let a new cleaner, cheaper, and more fun king to rule this economically friendly world.