The Ideal Alternative Energy Car That Just Won’t Happen
Unfortunately, the one thing we never see is a solution that incorporates the best systems into one car. In other words, what if your car could recharge with electricity but if none was around, could also accept gasoline, diesel, cooking oil, CNG, bio-fuel and even hydrogen? While cars that can be recharged with electricity and have an onboard gasoline engine exist in the shape of hybrids, HEV and plug-in hybrids, PHEV, how come they are only limited to gasoline?
Technological Restrictions. In all fairness, automakers do the best with what they have. After all, the majority of their assembly lines are tweaked for the manufacturing internal combustion engines and assembling rolling stocks around these gasoline guzzlers. The switch from a gasoline-powered car to one assisted with an electric motor took more than a few ideas and proof of concept. It took finding a feasible solution with an electric motor coupled with nickel metal hydride and then later lithium batteries, implementing a new assembly line for it, training computer programmers to understand the intricacies of the automobile industry and much, much more. It’s a wonder hybrids are even on the road today. What it boils down to is feasibility and research tends to stagnate. This is also the reason why we will not see any time soon a series/parallel plug-in hybrid that can take most known form of energy. It simply would be too expensive to develop, without taking into consideration most of the infrastructure is simply non-existent and user demand is not there due to lack of understanding.