Tumultuous changes in the weather across the world are driving concerns about the environmental influence of mankind’s technology. The limited availability of oil and petrol plus the occasional hostilities and uncertain diplomacy of drilling for fossil fuels in other countries creates an ever-increasing cost of running fuel-guzzling vehicles. While climate change has yet to be discerned as good or bad, many conscientious consumers are buying into greener ideas of alternative energy sources.
Electric cars have been poking out onto the market for a decade, although they have only recently started really to take off in popularity – they are now a fairly common site in any US or European city. Introduced into a cynical population, the fuel-free vehicle has had to prove itself time and time again. Fortunately, it has mastered the challenges! Constant design improvements and practical alterations create a vehicle that operates solely on sustainable energy, and is also “cool” enough for a consumer market which is swayed heavily by stylish advertising. Many consumers have turned to vehicles that run entirely on electricity and are pleased with the results. Imagine not having to go to a gas station for a decade at a time!
Cheaper, cleaner electric energy has long been available via solar panels. While initial installation can be costly, the expense is often tax-deductible and the panels quickly pay for themselves. Solar panels placed advantageously on rooftops will reduce the negative impact that energy consumption can have on the environment. Reducing the dependency on grid electricity, finding independent cost-effective energy and contributing to the solution holds great appeal for responsible people.
Wonderfully, these two innovative forms of energy easily pair into an efficient domestic energy solution. Clever customers have adapted solar panels and installed them directly onto their electric vehicles, thereby eliminating an urgent need to find a charging station. Keeping the energy source with the vehicle also increases the range and efficiency of the electric car.
While people are naturally resistant to new ideas, electric cars and solar energy are becoming ever more prevalent and efficient. It always takes a few explorers to test the salient products before the world is ready to get on board. Electric cars running on solar power are now a tried and true modern solution to old problems of power and transportation. Scientific developments such as these offer a more promising, clean and considerate future for industry and living, but there is still a long way to go – electric cars make up less than 2% of the current US market, and that figure is much, much lower in less economically-developed countries. However, funky ideas such as using solar panels to create the electricity can drag down the costs even further of running such vehicles, and when this is combined with continuing increases in the efficiency of both the car and the panels, in the future such a solution seems guaranteed to take off.