In 2012, the average American spent over $2,000 a year on gasoline. It’s no wonder there is such an enormous amount of green house gasses being released into our atmosphere. Anyone who has ever looked down on a large city, like Los Angeles or San Diego, from a higher vantage point has seen the thick cloud of smog that looms overhead. It is obvious the current method of transportation and its reliance on gasoline is putting a strain on our environment. Although this is not likely to change anytime soon, with recent technological advances in the development of solar powered vehicles, one day we will wake up to a brighter and greener future.
In January, Ford announced that it will be show casing a solar powered concept car that utilizes a new technology, finally making solar powered cars a viable alternative to gasoline powered vehicles..
Currently, most designs for vehicles that run entirely or mostly on solar power are impractical because they are unable to harness enough of the sun’s energy to provide a vehicle with enough power to run smoothly at current highway speeds. However, recently engineers have developed new technology which allows solar panels to magnify the sun’s rays, greatly increasing the amount of energy each can generate per unit of surface area.
The advancement of this type of technology would be revolutionary. America needs to push for it. Not only would this innovation help to clean up the mess we have made of our environment, with all of the oil spills and exhaust pollutants, it would open up a whole new era of prosperity for this country. As of 2012 over 40% of all the gasoline used in the US was imported from other countries. Beginning the manufacture of solar panel vehicles both for use here in the US and for export, would do wonders for this economy.
There is no telling when this new product, which holds such promise, will be on the market. The design is still in need of some fine tuning. Despite not being ready for mass production, it is clear that this method of energy is something US needs to push for.
I don’t know about you but I’m sick of hearing about new oil spills in our oceans, every time I turn around. No amount of money dedicated to clean up, can repair the ecological damage done. I for one, love seafood, unfortunately the current method of gasoline powered vehicles is really ruining it for me. We shouldn’t allow our oceans to become toxic just because we like our transportation costs low. Clean, green, solar-powered machines are definitely something I can get behind.