The Future of Transportation

I am a student studying to acquire a degree in EE (Electrical Engineering) at the University of Texas at San Antonio. One concern I have is how long the world’s oil will last and what alternatives can be used to expand the time we have until the oil is gone. “According to BP’s Statistical Review of world energy there are 1.333 trillion barrels of oil left which would be enough for up to 40 years of usage at the current rate”(Jeremy Williams). Although it may be hard to stop consuming oil at such a ridiculous rate there are ways to slow the usage, one being the development of electrical cars.

The electric car may seem new but the thought of one came long before now, in fact the first vehicle to ever run on electricity was produced in 1972 by “Victor Would, the Godfather of the Hybrid”(Pbs). From that time to now there have been many advances in the production of the electric car and mass production of this car is soon to come by Nissan, Chevrolet, and Mitsubishi.

The pros of the electric cars are obvious, we will make our natural gasses on this earth last much longer and hopefully in another twenty years not have to depend on them anymore. By not using these gases we will do the world a solid by producing less carbon than our normal gas powered cars use now. We will also not be spending an enormous amount of money on gas; some think that using the electricity might be more expensive but the truth is that “the charging of an electric car which can take about two hours is the equivalent to leaving a light bulb on for two hours which people do every day” (Shell Martin).

Although there are pros the cons are also going to be there as well. One of them is that the production of the batteries that are used for the electric cars produce more carbon than regular cars. Even though this is true in the long run the electric cars will reduce the carbon in the air and off balance how much they put out when produced. Another argument that they tend to make is that the spare parts that would have to be bought for replacements on the car are way expensive and it would be difficult to find someone to put them on. This statement is true as well but as the cars are produced more the parts will become more available and there will be more mechanics learning about the car.

In the future electric will be the way to go there will be more and more advances on the production of the cars and hopefully gas cars will become extinct. Little by little the gas usage will shrink and the world will be getting a bit “greener”. We can expect a few bumps along the way but the rewards will be great.

http://makewealthhistory.org/2010/06/11/how-much-oil-is-there-left-really/

http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/223/electric-car-timeline.html

http://www.helium.com/items/1260520-electric-car?page=2

http://news.yahoo.com/s/theweek/20110614/cm_theweek/216263

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