My Ideal Car

Some features I would like to see are: an all electric plug-in, fold down rear seats, seating for five, one hundred thousand mile warranty on the tires, no spare tire, just an air bottle or run flat tires, and free lifetime maintenance.

China is coming out with a plug-in electric car in 2011 for $20,000. It purports to traveling forty to sixty miles on a charge – sufficient for many applications but short of miles for long commutes and car trips. There are some recent advances in battery technology that may turn the tide. Other ideas to extend the range are rooftop silicon battery chargers, built in wind tunnels for high speed battery regeneration and the use of body under pans for the aerodynamic passage of air. The use of braking regeneration is already a reality driveway entrance bollards.

I see dozens of auto magazines featuring powerful engines allowing highway speeds of over one hundred miles per hour and zero to sixty times in less than six seconds Very few address the needs of the average driver who want a safe, comfortable vehicle at normal highway speeds. We should all be for using less foreign oil and for the production of fewer pollutants. One inventor even produced an all electric car that can travel over 100 miles on a charge using lithium lap top batteries. But its fantastic acceleration and speed comes at an equally fantastic price. Perhaps the new lithium sulfur batteries will be the answer.

Speaking of safety, twenty years ago Ferrari introduced the two and one half inch windshield post. It allows the eyes to see ‘around’ the post without moving the head.

A plug-in electric car would get the equivalent of fifteen cents per mile of travel. Charging stations could be added to the underground parking garages and high rise parking facilities. I realize that ultimately the power to charge the batteries would originate in a power plant that uses oil or coal to produce the power, contributing to the carbon footprint. But we can look forward to cleaner power plants as well as increased use of hydroelectric sources, sun power and wind power to supplement our electricity needs.