Save The Planet Earth.
"In addition to appearance, price and performance, consumers in the
21st century should also regard low emissions, low noise and low fuel
consumption as references when purchasing a car, the Environmental
Protection Administration (EPA) said yesterday." according to -
www.taipeitimes.com, By Chiu Yu-Tzu, dated - Wednesday, Dec 01, 2004, Page
The Need of the Vehicle
The need for supportable transportation has become clear, as we face the
world wide results of our dependancy on fosil fuels that has resulted in
global warming. There is no greater threat to global security and
sustainability than global warming. It is now time to take personal
responability to make changes in our lifestyle, that can reduce green house
gas emissions. By just selecting the right personal transporation is one
area that each one of us can make to avoid the green house gas emissions.
It is now high time that, we should start accepting ecologically
resposnable vehicles. Today, there a variety of zero emission vehicles that
can address a great number of our transportation needs.
Eco vehicles are designed according to the customer's, the environment's
and the society's benefit.
Automobile is one of the most popular technologies ever developed. However,
automobiles are presently responsible for about 20% of global energy
consumption and the effluents from internal combustion engines (ICEs) in
cars pollute our air (environment). The dominant role of the automobile in
the economic development of the world's richest nations and the addictive
convenience of cars provided to consumers have created powerful
socioeconomic momentum which will resist either shifts away from automotive
transport or rapid changes in the mature technology used in modern cars.
Nevertheless, substantial changes are unavoidable if cars are to become
Eco- Vehicles - Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles (EVs) offer considerable promise to reduce the negative
impacts of automobiles on the environment. In principle, EVs are far more
efficient than ICE vehicles in converting energy into motion. Most EVs
currently on the market have been converted from ICE vehicles. But, to make
EVs acceptable, the steps that are required are - improve performance,
reduce costs, win consumer acceptance and make EV technology sustainable
over the long term.
The Warning Signal
Modern internal combustion engine (ICE) automobiles convert fossil deposits
of ancient forests into CO2, water, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur
dioxide, and other exhaust gases which foul the air we breath and warm the
climate. People use cars for about 20% of global energy consumption. The
hulks of discarded autos blemish the landscape and leach toxic materials
into the environment. Fuel additives containing lead, which are still used
in many countries, poison the air and soil and may be especially dangerous
to the intellectual development of young children.
Despite the serious negative effects of cars on the environment, it seems
unlikely that people will voluntarily forego the unparalleled convenience
they provide. To make automobile manufacture and use sustainable over the
long term, automobiles must consume much less energy per distance travelled,
be readily recyclable, and not emit toxic or climate altering substances in
significant quantities. Though, today EVs depend on the electricity which is
generated from combustion of fossil fuels, but, eventually, EVs can be
completely powered by batteries charged by solar energy. But, the
requirements for EVs is to be accepted in the marketplace and, eventually,
to drastically reduce the negative impacts of automotive industrialisation
on the environment.
EVs - Satisfying Consumers
Convincing consumers to purchase commercial EVs will require performance
similar to that available from concurrent ICE vehicles. Although
environment-friendly products are popular, few buyers are willing to spend
substantially greater amounts of money for inconvenient products with
inferior performance. Most drivers today have the impression that EVs are
expensive, slow, in both acceleration and top speed, and have very limited
range. However, today's best EV technologies rival the performance of ICE
vehicles in most respects. Electric vehicles can be also be expected to make
rapid gains in those categories in which they lag.
The Benefits of Eco Vehicles
Eco-Vehicles improves road safety as well as the quality of the local and
global environment and saves fuel and costs. Additionally Eco-Vehicle
provides direct benefits to the drivers and the passengers - more comfort
and a relaxed atmosphere. Eco-Vehicles reduces noise pollution as well as
air, land and water pollution.