There are lots of alternatives to pure gasoline powered cars. Fortunately there are more and more of them available on the market for consumers. Some are not priced well as of this writing. In other words it is still cheaper to buy a gasoline powered car than it is to purchase a hybrid or an all electric car. But once they are mass produced, the prices will cone down a great deal.
Aside from the extra cost of many of these different power trains, the savings are simply not enough to push consumers to purchases these cars on a mass basis. Over time confidence will grow as more and more people buy them and use them. There will become clear winners as well which will be based on maintenance free driving as well as strong support when there is a problem that must be fixed.
A new car power train that provides great mileage can fail as a product. If support for repairs are less than consumer expectations. Right now we are still in the experimentation phase for “all electric vehicles”. Hybrids are well on the way into mass production. The Toyota Prius for example has been around for many years and continues to provide excellent operational characteristics. One of the major challenges is the battery. The cost, the longevity and the distance you can go on a single charge, not to mention how long it takes to recharge. Then there is the issue of where you will recharge the battery. More and more battery charging stations are appearing. Many more are planned over the next few years.
The next five years will show us many more new developments. It is an exciting time for car development.
Gasoline Hybrid Cars
Ethanol and flex fuel
Liquified and Compressed Natural Gas
Some of the above types of power trains are clearly too far in the future. They will not be developed any time soon. Some will just not be economic. They will be given up in favor of other types of power trains. The future is exciting and yesterday Google made a big announcement. They will have a driver less car on the road in 2015 that can be purchased by consumers.