Global changes have imposed many different changes on humanity. Whether it is global warming or part of a normal cycle, the world and its inhabitants are beginning to notice a major change in the world. The world’s dependence on oil and its byproducts have caused the world’s population to fear the depletion of this natural resource. The fear is no longer whether or not the world will run out of oil, but only a matter of when. Various industries around the globe have begun to restructure the way they do business in an attempt to distance themselves from their dependence on oil.
The car industry is one of these industries looking for a change. Cars are the method of transportation for millions of Americans, as well as countless others around the world. This is one of the largest demands on the oil supply and becoming a problem for many car companies. As more cars emerge onto the roads, the demand for oil raises the prices to the point it becomes too expensive to drive a car. People who can’t afford to drive their car will probably not be heading down to the car lot for another pile of metal to put into their driveway or yard.
One trend of car companies in the past few years has been to build cars that were more fuel efficient. This has probably helped to sell some cars, but is more like putting a Band-Aid on a bullet hole. The new trend that seems to be emerging is the design of electric cars. New models have been built by some of the world’s leading car manufactures and were shown to the world in Paris. Electric cars will ease the dependence on oil in regard to being directly dependent on oil for the making of gasoline, but it will still use electricity which is produced by oil and its byproducts.
The only real problem with making electric cars desirable to the public is the infrastructure needed to support these new cars. Gasoline and its byproducts can be found by consumers at any of the millions of gas stations found in countless places around the world. Owners of new electric cars need this type of reliability in order to buy the new electric cars entering the market.
State and Federal governments will eventually catch on and provide subsidies and other assistance to developing this new infrastructure, but it may take some time. One local government in California has already taken the initiative and invested in charging stations for electric cars. San Diego county officials have begun planning the installation of 1500 charging stations throughout the county.
As the infrastructure develops, electric cars will begin replacing the gasoline powered cars of today. Only time will tell if this is the solution to the problem or a step closer to the answer.