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With the current state of bio-fuels being in shortage, what new method will be used to power our cars and other vehicles in the future?

Several alternatives have been introduced such as, Solar, Electric and the work on Hydrogen fuel cells. Out of all this technology that is being created to help us power our vehicles, what do you think will win out as the ultimate Gasoline and Diesel replacement?

asked Feb 19 '11 at 13:03

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edited Feb 19 '11 at 13:04

Electric cars will no doubt rule the roads in the future. Electric cars produce zero emissions and the costs of powering them are relatively cheap. However, how that electricity is generated is the bigger question (and all of the other methods you listed above to power cars can also be used to generate electricity).

answered Feb 19 '11 at 15:32

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Well Solar Vehicles don't seems practical enough, Electric Cars can't travel as far as an ordinary car and even then it takes 8 or so hours to re-charge so thats ALSO unpractical. Hydrogen Cars will be the future, Hydrogen is pretty much unlimited, its only emission is water vapor and it can be re-fueled in a very similar way and time to the way current cars are. Hydrogen cars ALSO don't cost that much to make currently, but when they start becoming more popular and mass produced then they'll be about the same price as cars now.

answered Feb 19 '11 at 15:48

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The Ford Focus Electric takes only 3 hours to charge and can go 100 miles on that charge. The Chevy Volt was a great first attempt but it's mere 40 mile range is nothing compared to the offerings being released soon. Also, as the battery technology improves, you'll see electric cars being able to drive further on less of a charge compared to today's technology.

(Feb 19 '11 at 15:54) eddieringle eddieringle's gravatar image

3 hours is a long time. You couldn't really go very far because I mean there's not really many places you can just charge your car for 3 hours. I mean you couldn't really take long journeys. Also, Hydrogen cars are so much similar to how we use our cars today, practically the same. It means Gas stations can stay open (Selling Hydrogen) and people could keep their jobs.

(Feb 19 '11 at 16:08) Mattophobia ♦♦ Mattophobia's gravatar image

While I agree with you that the current battery technology is not suitable for long-distance travel, electric cars would work just fine for everyday trips like going to and from work or school and occasional trips to the store.

(Feb 19 '11 at 16:18) eddieringle eddieringle's gravatar image

Of course. But thats the problem, Electric car's aren't suitable for everybody. Hydrogen Cars are, plus they are the same price if not cheaper then electric cars.

(Feb 19 '11 at 16:21) Mattophobia ♦♦ Mattophobia's gravatar image

Hydro Powered Engines.. (Water FTW!)

answered Feb 19 '11 at 20:06

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