Hybrid? Electric? Gas? Water? Wind? Hydrogen? There are so many different ways to power a car these days that it is incredible that the motor industry at large still focuses on the production of mainly petrol powered vehicles. Of course the cynics will argue that this is mainly due to the control oil companies have on the market. However with the recent troubles in the middle east continuing to affect prices of crude oil across the globe it is now only a matter of time before we are forced as a planet to consider fuel alternatives.
Honda and many other big industry names have already produced a number of more fuel efficient cars and their R&D departments seem committed to exploring new and cleaner ways to power our everyday commute. This seems sensible not to mention logical but what does it really mean to the consumer?
Most people hear ’hybrid’and start smirking quietly to themselves knowingly in a corner. Yet Hybrid cars are now more and more common then ever on the everyday roads. Take the new Honda CR-Z as an example. It has a sleek design and shows greatly the potential for Hybrid cars in the future. The mere fact that one of the biggest names in the automotive industry is investing heavily in this new technology shows us all the scope of change that is long overdue. Is it enough though?
The simple truth is that the majority of the world’s population do not believe in renewable fuels and energy as much as the media would have us believe. What will get people focused on changing the way they decide to buy a car in the future is how much money they spend. It always comes down to simple ecomonics. Big business is already ahead of the game on this and many insurance companies have already begun to consider (and in many cases offer) lower premiums to the owners of more fuel efficient cars. This amounts to the consumer sometimes being offered cheap car insurance by many big named brands. It is this strategy that will end up convincing people to part with their gas guzzlers. GM and many other large motoring organisations are realising this and as we move forward into the next decade of the 21st Century it is only a matter of time before we are all driving hybrids and perhaps one day completely clean and environmentally friendly cars.