Future of Motoring: 3 Bizarre Scenarios
October 13, 2010
With the onset of global warming, people have been becoming more and more concerned with the future of motoring and how it is likely to play out. Everyone is also well aware that the current way our cars run, on petrol, is a non renewable source of energy. How many years of fuel consumption we have left is an un-known quantity, and as a result there are quite a few clever people spending a lot of time trying to come up with another way to move our vehicles from A to B. The difficulty is, it's hard to beat what we have at the moment. Finding a fuel that's equally convenient and easy to use will be quite some task. This got me thinking about a few bizarre yet possible future scenarios.
So far, the electric cars that have been produced have been far from ideal. Take the G-whizz for example; it only does 40 miles and when you run out of electricity where on earth do you charge it? And then when you can re-charge, it takes all night to get enough juice to go another 40 miles. Plus, electricity is produced from oil anyway, so what's the point?! One day though, someone could invent a way of doing this whereby all cars on the road are run by electricity, with the electricity being produced by huge windmills and so on.
Our verdict: pretty unlikely
The End Of The Motor Car
Will anyone ever be able to replace petrol with something just as good? It's highly doubtful, so could all this spell the end of the motor car? The chances could be quite high that in 200 years time there just won't be any practical way of powering the domestic vehicle. And if there is, we could all be burnt to a crisp via global warming. Imagine this, no cars on the road. How would we get around? It could be that the human race takes a huge step back in time to a place where the horse drawn cart is king, very romantic but very slow.
Our verdict: could happen
Perfect Public Transport
If the powers that be are so concerned about the issue of motor cars, running out of oil and the associated pollution they cause, why is public transport still so bad? If public transport was perfect then why would anyone need to own or use a car? To do this though the services provided would have to be regular, efficient, cost effective and comfortable and I'm not entirely convinced that would ever happen. It is still cheaper for me to drive into central London, pay for the fuel, congestion charge and all the rest and believe me I'd actually rather sit on a train and listen to the Ipod.
Our verdict: ever seen pigs fly?
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