Alternatives in transportation today and the future, Part 1

10-9-2008

Today, since we have all been hurting from the high fuel prices, let’s talk about fuel and the alternatives out there for transportation. I’ll talk about what I think and what I’ve done about it. That being said here are the alternatives that you can choose from (did I miss any?):

  • Gasoline powered vehicles
  • Diesel powered vehicles
  • Hybrid powered vehicles
  • Electric powered vehicles
  • Train
  • Bus
  • Walk
  • Bike (human powered vehicles)

Let’s just begin with the first few and see how far that I can get today.

Gasoline powered vehicles

  • Pros: roads are heavily subsidized, infrastructure already in place, can use alternate fuels, can use hypermiling,
  • Cons: dangerous, costly, inconvenient breakdowns (part failures, flat tires, bad fuel), inefficiency

Diesel powered vehicles

  • Pros: roads are heavily subsidized, infrastructure already in place, more efficiency, can use hypermiling, can use alternate fuels, more efficient that gasoline power, fewer moving parts
  • Cons: dangerous, costly (insurance, fuel parts), inconvenient breakdowns (part failures, flat tires, bad fuel), inefficiency, fewer stations carry diesel, may gel without additives in cold climates.
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