Sunday January 21st… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. I’ll refer to extreme temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. Here is today’s climate change related topic:
Going All-In On Electrics?
At the dawn of the automotive age there were several different power train technologies veying for supremacy to be incorporated into mass production assembly lines including electric and steam. It’s too bad for humanity that the electric engine wasn’t researched more. The internal combustion engine proved to be more powerful, and it roared and belched a lot of smoke appealing to humanities’ machismo, but I digress. By 1920 just about all automotive powertrains were ICEs. Due to the carbon pollution issue by the 1990s we finally saw the advent of the hybrid engine, and during the 2000s several alternatives to traditional automobiles were available as well as fuels.
By 2010 I became convinced that ethanol wasn’t a good alternative fuel since it took fertilizer partially made from petroleum to grow corn, and subtracted from world food supplies. More alternative fuels such as switch grass and algae looked greener offering fuel that was at least carbon neutral or subtracted carbon from the atmosphere. Now companies like Tesla are building electric engines that are every bit as powerful as ICEs minus that macho smoke. As of 2018 China is building and testing roads that can actually charge electric cars. Look Ma, no power cords☺: