Welcome to my car-lovers website! I love old cars and new cars, but I’m most interested in what lies ahead in the automotive world. So here you’ll find some facts, some opinions, and more than a few predictions.
Could Water Be the Future Fuel Source For Autos?
Living green is about not squandering energy, and one of those ways is in the vehicle you drive. Since the beginning of the automobile, which wasn’t that long ago, we have counted on oil to fuel our cars and trucks. Since there is a finite amount of oil in the world, we are little by little running out of it. Since the demand for oil has gone up considerably over the past several years, the supply is running out more quickly than expected. It is going to get to a point where there will be no oil left in the world. But we can begin utilizing water as a green energy source to power our vehicles.
The hydrogen that can be extracted from water could be used to power up the engines of many cars and trucks. BMW was one of the first automobile manufacturers to create a hydrogen powered car. While they did not produce very many, the possibility of having more down the road is great. The BMW Hydrogen 7 has an engine which uses both gas and hydrogen, so it still uses gas, but it is progress. In the future, don’t be surprised to see automobiles that run exclusively on hydrogen fuel.
There are vehicles, such as the Prius, which run on gas and electricity, thanks to fuel cell technology, but hydrogen combustion is about ten years old. Producing an engine that can effectively use hydrogen to power a car or truck has been a big challenge. The water must be stored in huge, 30 gallon tanks, to prevent it from evaporating. Nevertheless you can’t use an ordinary garden hose to fill up a tank but automobiles like the BMW H2R uses liquid nitrogen as fuel. With a top speed of 185.5 miles per hour and horsepower of 285, the car could go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds.
Using water and hydrogen to power the vehicle is a fantastic idea since they don’t produce any dangerous pollutants into the environment. Unlike regular gas, water is less heavy, does not produce carbon dioxide and it burns quicker. With some luck in the next 10 to 20 years, water as a green energy source in a car or truck will be more than a reality. As soon as dealerships can make it lucrative, we’re going to see companies making water-based cars in massive quantities. See the Guide to Boston for more on this.
For now, the best option for us is the electric auto. From the time the prices of gas have been going up and up, everyone has been looking for other ways to travel. It should not be long before an automobile may be powered with the green energy source of water. The only thing holding it back today is the reluctance of people to believe that a vehicle could run on water.
Vehicle Fuel-Efficiency – Why Hasn’t It Progressed Faster?
Fuel economy was regarded as a significant factor in their choice of a new car by a minimum of 1/3 of buyers in America. Given the preoccupation today with air pollution, global warming and America’s dependence on international sources of oil, it’s actually shocking to learn that as long ago as 1992 a car that got 100 miles to the gallon was built by General Motors. There was also a car that looked a lot like the Geo Metro and weighed 1000 pounds, which boasted 75 miles per gallon gas mileage. The car had a 3-cylinder engine, but was discontinued when it needed 200 pounds of reinforcement to be added to comply with America’s safety laws.
No less than one third of new car customers in America regarded fuel economy an important factor. With the amount of people now very worried about global warming, pollution and dependence on foreign oil, you might be surprised to know that in 1992 General Motors built a car that actually got 100 miles per gallon. There was also a car that looked a lot like the Geo Metro and weighed 1000 pounds, which boasted 75 miles per gallon gas mileage. Balanced growth of the vehicle, the engine of which had 3 cylinders, was dropped because, in order to meet American safety standards, it had to be reinforced which added 200 pounds to its weight.
It might be shocking that GM had this car built and discontinued, but they had other prototypes that ended the same way. The GM Lean Machine of 1982, which could obtain 80 mpg, as well as the GM Ultralite which achieved a fabulous 100 mpg, were two of these vehicles. In 1992 Honda appeared to be reaching 50 miles per gallon with the Civic VX, and at the same time General Motors had vehicles behind the scenes getting 100 MPG, while selling the public cars that were getting 20 MPG. Since cars have already been designed that get 100 miles per gallon, then why are they not being sold to the general public?
It was in no way the only prototype built by GM which ended up on the scrapheap. The GM Lean Machine of 1982, which could achieve 80 mpg, and the GM Ultralite which reached a fabulous 100 mpg, were two of these vehicles. GM had been selling cars to the purchasing public in 1992 that did 20 mpg, while Honda was getting 50 mpg with their Civic VX, but right then GM already covertly had cars doing 100 miles per gallon. Undoubtedly this begs the question as to why these cars that are proficient at 100 mpg are not available to the public. Both the Guide to Chicago and the Guide to New York City have more information on this topic. Still another guide on this topic is the Guide to Miami.
Another baffling thing is that a lot of companies, while selling fuel-efficient vehicles in foreign countries, are selling traditional gas guzzlers in the US. Cars that achieve more than 70 mpg have been purchased in Europe and Japan for several years. A case in point of a car / truck never offered in the US and capable of 78 mpg, is the Lupo by Volkswagen. Honda released to the US sector in 2007, a car known as the Fit, but known as the Jazz in other parts of the world. The Jazz in Japan has solutions to boost fuel economy and a smaller engine, but for the US, the Fit doesn’t even use a smaller engine as an option.
What makes standard vehicles sold in the US, while at the same time, the same vendors are selling different vehicles far away in other countries? For quite a while cars that get over 70 miles per gallon have been purchased in Japan and Europe. A case in point of a car / truck never offered inside the US and capable of 78 mpg, is the Lupo by Volkswagen. An automobile known as the Jazz elsewhere in the world was introduced to the States in 2007 as the Fit. The Jazz in Japan has solutions to increase fuel economy and a smaller engine, but for the US, the Fit doesn’t even contain a smaller engine as an option.
Auto manufacturers in America express to their public that they create big autos because they, the public, love big autos. Not surprisingly they generate big money on SUVs, and practically nothing on a small two-person commuter. American folks have been brainwashed with ads to believe that they just must have the latest and largest bundu basher. The fact that options have never been offered shows where the big companies have their interests. GM could today have been in the leading position with fuel-efficient vehicles, but they chose, rather, to champion SUVs. Americans have not been denied just by GM, but also by the rest of the manufacturers who have developed fuel-efficient cars.
Auto manufacturers in the United States tell their public that they make big autos because they, the public, love big autos. It is evident that manufacturers don’t make a lot of money selling a small 2-person commuter vehicle, but they do selling big SUVs. Commercials have convinced the citizens of the US that Tanks on Wheels are an absolute must to have. Fuel-saving options from the giant companies are uncommon, so it’s pretty easy to deduce where their preferences lay. GM could currently have been in the forefront with fuel-efficient vehicles, but they elected, rather, to champion SUVs. Americans weren’t denied only by GM, but also by all of those other manufacturers who have developed fuel-efficient cars.
Despite climate change and the incredible pollution of the world environment, US car makers have yet to respond positively and at least give Americans the option of a fuel-efficient car. Ask yourself how many people who were never given the choice would have been thrilled to have a car that was fuel-efficient? Possibly the time has come to revive building those cars that were developed only to be abandoned all those years ago.
American auto makers have never given the US people the choice to acquire a fuel-efficient car, despite the world having been embroiled in oil wars and being severely polluted. The question comes up: how many Americans could have been thankful for the option of obtaining a car with good gas mileage but weren’t ever offered it? Might it be time to recover those discarded designs and, again, start building those vehicles that were once built a long time ago?
Simple Techniques to Minimize Your Risk of an Auto Accident
Driving defensively is vital when you drive your car. The most recognized crucial skill of driving defensively is to always be prepared. Foresee what is happening near you. If you are actually watching everything on the road, you can typically sense when someone is going to pull in front of you. Remaining on the alert at all times increases the odds that you will make it home without an accident.
Make sure that your vehicle is all set to go prior to any road trips. This involves checking out your tire pressure, making sure your water and oil levels seem to be correct, evaluating all mirrors and lights, and filling your gas tank. Make sure you have a extra tire with plenty of air, and everything needed to change the tire. Keep the automobile able to be seen to other drivers so that you have better odds of staying safe. Other motorists are less likely to run into you as long as they know you are there.
Try to avoid driving in the blind spots of other cars because they may not be aware that you are there and may move directly ahead of you. You also have to keep close track of your own blind spots. There’s no question that you need to have your lights on if it is dark, but many advocate always driving with lights on. If you are paying attention, you will notice, when it starts growing to be dark, at which point drivers start turning on their lights. It is equally vital to keep a number of car lengths between your car and the car in front of you. The longer your reaction time the better likelihood that you can cope with unanticipated events while you are driving.
Should you be following far too closely, it doesn’t take more than a split second to have an accident. You are better off keeping back from the car in front of you, but look out for other cars pulling in front of you. Remember to slow down and pay better attention when driving conditions are not good. Make sure you use some sound judgment and think about the fact that most of the other drivers don’t seem to be driving defensively. The final defensive driving pointer is to stay calm at all times. When you see an automobile being driven erratically, such as speeding up, and slowing down and weaving in and out of traffic, stay out of its way.
Never ever take any measures that could anger this sort of driver. Lower your speed and enable them to continue. Even pull off the road and hang on for a while if you need to. Protective driving involves a combination of many small techniques. There are actually classes to teach you things to be doing. For anyone who is interested in understanding more about defensive driving, check out some of the courses advertised on the Internet.