Electric cars are quite popular these days... both in the public eye and in government. But I see this, not as good news, but as proof that those entities (the general public and government) are being fed misinformation. It's a demonstration of this country's scientific illiteracy that electric cars are so big. Sure, cars that don't need gas to generate power are great... but where does the power for the electric car come from?
Has anyone ever done a study of the complete fuel-cycle path for a gasoline-powered car and an electric car? Taking into account efficiencies for oil extraction, oil refinement, petroleum/gasoline distribution, and internal combustion engines on one hand, and efficiencies for oil/coal/gas/nuclear mining, electricity generation, electricity distribution, battery manufacture and electric motor performance on the other, and working out the difference? It could be that electric cars are, as a net effect, worse for the environment. But this is what science can tell us, and it's the important piece of the puzzle that seems to have simply been neglected.
In any case, I'm pretty proud of my fifteen-year-old Corolla. I get 32mpg city and 36mpg highway, without even trying, and at a minimal maintenance cost. And as soon as someone actually develops the Mr. Fusion, I'll have one of those instead.
2 days ago