Gas And Electric Cars As his car warmed up that morning, Alan Wilson stared with amazement at his gas gauge. “I cant believe its on EMPTY again,” he ranted. “I just spent twenty bucks last weekend!” Alan sped away from his home toward the gas station before he had to be at work that morning only to find out that the gas prices had been raised again. “Why dont I just burn my money?” he said facetiously. Alan grabbed the nozzle and began the weekly task of filling up the gas tank on his 1970 Ford Maverick with a 302 and dual exhaust.
“I need to go buy one of those new Styrofoam pieces of junk that get thirty miles to the gallon,” he mumbled to himself. Since the invention of the car, people have had to go through this ordeal because we have no choice. It has been over eighty years, and we are still using gasoline as the primary source of power for our vehicles. With all of the new technology created over these years, shouldnt we have thought of something better by now? The truth is that we have. Electricity is a much cleaner, more efficient form of power that could be put to use, but it hasnt (Bradley 444).
Is there any particular reason? Of course! Somebody will lose money. The idea of an electric car has been embedded in the mind of people for countless years. Whether it be by a writer, an inventor, or a scientist, it has been thought about for some time. Not only would this idea be safer for the environment, it would save billions of people money. Unfortunately, gas companies havent preferred these ideas over losing millions of dollars in sales.
Although it may not be true, many environmentalists believe that car manufacturers have been bought off by the gas companies in order to keep their millions flowing in (Sullivan 2). How could an idea perfected years ago not have caught on by now? The first working electric car was created in the 1800s before the first gas-powered car. It wasnt perfected until the 1970s so gasoline took its place in the mean time and we havent changed back until now (Ramo 24). In the past month or two, a few car companies have begun to put half-electric half-gas powered cars on the market (Ramo 25). The work of fiction is slowly becoming a reality.
This may be a form of compromise between the people of the world and the gasoline companies. These cars are well designed. The gasoline helps the cars get up to speed and with hills, while the numerous batteries keep the car going when they are up to speed and not on a hill. They run smoothly and the best part is that a car will get between eighty and ninety miles to the gallon (Sullivan 3). It is safe to say that most people would enjoy the idea of filling up their gas tanks once a month.
Plus, Gasoline companies will not be put out of business for two reasons: they will still make money on the full gas-powered vehicles, and they will still get money from these new “electri-gas” cars (Ramo 25). What is wrong with a fully electric car though? For one, they only travel at a top speed of 65 MPH for 2 hours. After the 2 hours, the batteries need to be recharged. With the gas-electric cars, a special generator charges up the batteries while the car is using gas (Bradley 445). So every time the car is getting up to speed or pulling up a hill, the batteries are being charged by the generator. There is virtually no way to run out of power on these cars provided the gas tank is kept full, and with only needing to fill up the tank once a month, this should be no problem for the average person.
To his amazement, Jerry looked down at his gas gauge and saw the needle almost to the E. “Wow, I havent seen that in almost 5 months,” he smirked to his wife. The brand new blue electric gas car coasted into the local Chevron right next to a certain Ford Maverick. Alan could do nothing but stare with jealous eyes knowing exactly how great Jerrys gas mileage had to be with that new car. Both men finished filling their tanks and left. They never saw each other again for obvious reasons.
Imagine owning one of these gas electric vehicles, and think about how much easier it would be to pull up to that gas pump knowing that you will not be there again for at lease a couple months. Eighty miles to the gallon; sounds nice doesnt it? In ten years or so, when these new vehicles are more common, almost everyone that goes to the gas station will no longer have anything to fear.