Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Let Alternative Fuels Take Over the Market.

Alternative fuel vehicles are here to stay as evident at the Detroit Auto Show.
How well they are going to do will depend largely on how the general public accepts them. If they cost too much no one will buy them. If the range is not suitable to the average consumer they won't buy them either. If there is no infrastructure in place to refill or recharge the car, people will not want to own one.

Then there is this downward spiral of gas costs. Average cost of gas across the country is under $2 per gallon. One journalist was saying that the general public is going back to it's old habits of abusing fuel usage. Are we all that easily swayed? Do we mind conserving even if prices are way below our means?

I would think that with the current state of the economy we have no choice but to conserve. Jobless rates are increasing. Money is tighter than ever. Conserve! Reduce!
Let the alternative fuel vehicle market take shape. It will be better for all of us in the long run.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Here's to more fuel economy in 2009!
2008 was a tough year for everyone. The economy, housing market, banking industry and car industry topping the list. I'm looking forward to better things in 2009.
New President.
New Congress.
New Laws.
What else?
My short wish list for 2009:
  • Electric vehicles getting a longer range and becoming more affordable.
  • If it has to be gas powered make it fuel efficient with reduced emissions.
  • Easier access to Biodiesel in all states.
  • Reduced dependence on foreign oil.
Of course the first three should take care of the last one, but things are not always that easy. I guess going at it one thing at a time with some measure of success will be good for everyone.