Why and how to joyfully move our butts around town, without mucking the place up.

submit to reddit

Green Transportation .info

; Date:


Concerns about the environment, health effects of burning fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions, energy security, oil supply, peak oil, land use, resource utilization and more are forcing us to reconsider the design of the transportation system. Many think we need a complete rethink of how we move our butts around town.

We’re experiencing the greatest transformation in the transportation system since the early 1900’s when gasoline powered cars first triumphed over electric, also replacing horse-drawn carraiges. Lithium battery chemistries have enabled electrified transportation to finally catch up with gasoline, giving designers more vehicle design options and opening the door to ending the dominance of the oil industry.

The hugely dominating power of oil companies in the oil age can make it seem futile to try and wean ourselves off fossil oil, but it is possible to end the age of oil.

Plug-in vehicle buyers guide (Buying & owning battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids)

Collectively our society has over 100 years experience with gasoline powered transportation. We want to switch to electrified machines, but our society doesn’t grok the ins-and-outs of doing so. That means most society members need some remedial education to understand their benefits.

Electric cars are more expensive, by purchase price (MSRP), equivalent than gasoline cars. However, if you look carefully at the numbers the total cost of ownership is much lower than gasoline powered cars because of fuel cost and maintenance savings.

Adopting electric cars on a large scale means changing our assumptions and social norms around “energy”. It won’t be normal to drive on gasoline, but we’ll instead start driving on electricity. The implications are broad and deep.

EV Truths - debunking EV Myths

Electric cars are safer than gasoline cars

What is Green Transportation? – It’s about a transportation that truly sustains our human society. The current transportation system degrades our environment and health in many ways.

How: Changing the drive train? Changing fuel types? Changing vehicle types? Wiser vehicle use? Mass transit?

Why: Global warming, environmental damage, Health damage, land use, Fossil fuel health risks

The current system gives us many benefits: economic fluidity, rapid transportation, individual freedom.

But it comes with many problems: Environmental degradation, Health degradation, Global warming, Loss of open space, Use of nonrenewable resources

It’s useful to analyze the effects of transportation as a well-wheel-air-water lifecycle, and to not only include environmental effects of transportation systems, but the land use impacts. All those roads and highways consume land.

comments powered by Disqus