Are Fossil Fuel Powered Cars on the Way Out?

April 28th, 2013 by

In the past, spices and salt used to be some of the most valuable commodities on the planet. Salt in particular was vital to everyday life, allowing people to preserve food, tan leather, purify silver, and perform a wide range of other important tasks. While it could be mined, most salt was gathered from boiling seawater, a process that required a lot of timber of fuel. Salt production was the reason that much of Britain, once covered densely with forests, is now mostly fields.

Fast forward several thousand years and salt have moved from a vital commodity to something as common as well, table salt. Now that I’ve gone to lengths to drawing out this analogy, could oil be the next salt? Will our descendents read books about our fossil fuel days and have trouble wrapping their minds around how our lives were so dependent on this viscous, black substance?

Electric Cars Are on the Rise

Though fossil fuel driven vehicles still rule the road, electrically powered models like the 2013 Honda Fit EV, available at Middletown Honda, are on the rise. I’m also going to include hybrid vehicles in this category because they have electrically driven motors. This outside of the box hybrid thinking is helping to make gas powered vehicles more efficient. Plug-in hybrid models, like the Plug-in Accord, take the anxiety out of being stranded by an electric battery without enough range.

Honda is Dedicated to the Future of Electric Cars

Though there have been plenty of failures in the alternative fuel class, there has also been plenty of success stories. A defeat makes a clear point of what’s not working, or rather, what the market isn’t ready for. True to their nature, Honda has put plenty of hard work into developing more fuel efficient technology. Earth Dreams is Honda’s ongoing project to develop better fuel tech for both its hybrid and its traditional line of vehicles.

Searching for alternative fuel sources is nothing new, though. In the 1950’s, for example, Ford revealed plans for a nuclear powered vehicle. Luckily, the plan never got past the scale model stage. From the model, we can see that the nuclear core was placed well near the back of the rather long vehicle. Still probably not a safe enough distance though if there was a core breach.

We may even move beyond battery power in the future with the development of a smaller, more efficient fuel source. Only time will tell. In the meantime, we encourage you to come to Middletown Honda to see all of our electric and hybrid-powered vehicles.