Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Sandia Labs Researcher Says Electric Makes More Sense

Sandia Labs Researcher Ben Cipiti has penned a short piece entitled An Unbiased Approach to Evaluating Transportation Fuels in which he extols the virtues of plug-in cars to meet our environmental and national security goals. He correctly identifies the problem bedeviling consumers, policy makers and, perhaps, auto makers.
Many of us want to know what we can do to make a difference. Yet with so much varying information about energy alternatives, it has become difficult to choose which technologies really make sense and which will be a waste of research dollars.
He briefly recaps the problems with ethanol and hydrogen and concludes:
Of the alternative transportation options, electric vehicles coupled with increased use of renewables and other clean sources of energy will be the most efficient way to reduce pollution and eliminate dependence on foreign oil. We need to look at all of the issues to concentrate funding on the solutions that make sense.
Read the entire article here.


Raffy Long said...

Plug in cars are very economical, Battery Electric Vehicles (EVs) are by far the very efficient vehicles and use 3-4 times LESS energy than hydrogen fuel cell cars.

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Andrew said...

Electric does make sense, but how practical is it?

We handle all sorts of seat cover, brake rotor and car floor mat requests and not a single person has told us that they are ready to go electric.