It is an interesting prospect to imagine a world without oil. Just fifteen to twenty years ago, experts were predicting that the world will run out of oil in just fifty years.
With the discovery of new oil fields however, that figure has just about remained the same, but one thing that has not changed, is the fact that oil is just as damaging to the environment.
So what will the cars of the future run on? In collaboration with TyresOnTheDrive.com, we’ve taken a look into what fuels are out there for our cars.
Though solar power is brilliant for our homes, the power of the sun hasn’t managed to be quite as effective for vehicles just yet.
As 2D cells don’t produce the same amount of energy during cloudy weather, this means that a vehicle would struggle to operate at a useful capacity during overcast or poor weather.
On the other hand, 3D solar panels work at the same consistency during all weather conditions, and are far more effective at capturing the energy from the sun. The only issue here is due to their shape, and how exactly engineers would apply them to the body of a car.
Though not quite the car fuel of the future (as many cars run on it today), it is becoming increasingly important for electric cars to find acceptance if they want to become a dedicated part of the car industry.
It is now the challenge of all electric vehicles to win over public opinion, as people still see them as limited, unreliable forms of transport that end up being more troublesome than they are worth.
Despite this however, the average range of an electric car is improving with time, as the cars are beginning to notch up ranges of 100 to 120 miles per charge.
The only thing that can really derail the future of electric cars for the moment, is our very next contender, the fuel cell.
Unlike the likes of solar power, hydrogen is a very efficient fuel and its only emission is water. Though Toyota are currently working on the very first hydrogen based production car, difficulties still loom on the future of the energy.
For one thing, the cost of a single fuel cell is very expensive, and just over five years ago, a single cell was still priced at just over $100,000. Additionally, new filling stations would have to be built to accommodate the new fuel, and at the moment, there are less than one hundred in the world.
Despite this, fuel cells have a very promising future, but there is still some way to go. Toyota predicts that hydrogen will be the fuel of the 2020s, and we hope that they are right!