Visualize The World In 2050- Transportation and Energy Here And Now

-Transportation in the Future – Revamping the U.S. Transportation system by 2050

The technologies of traditional transportation require the use of fossil fuels for vehicle energy. The combination of the rising cost of fuel prices, and the detrimental effects of petroleum as a fuel source there has been an uprising interest in finding alternative in transportation technology.

 

For many years companies have been working diligently in advancing with the development of sustainable transportation alternatives, as discussed throughout the semester about the development of hybrid and electric vehicle technology. Hybrid Cars use a rechargeable energy storage system to supplement fossil fuel energy for vehicle propulsion. The hybrid’s smaller engines from the regular cars are more efficient, and have the capability to use a combination of different fuels such as petroleum and ethanol. Hybrid electric vehicles have a battery inside and are able to be charged from the main power. Hybrid cars also have the capability for an energy recovery mechanism, which slows a vehicle by converting its kinetic energy into a form which can be either used immediately, or it can be stored and used later on. Jaguar Land Rover will be building electric cars for Britain according to Fortune. According to Forbes Britain has committed to investing $485m for the introduction of autonomous cars and for the improvement of greener technologies for their cars.   China has invested approximately $4.5 billion in 2015 to build electric cars in order to decrease its fuel imports as well as improve its air pollution. China automakers have introduced into the market various electric vehicle models; it was estimated that between January through October 2016 there were 337,000 new-energy vehicles, which includes all energy and plug-in hybrid vehicles. It is estimated that there will be approximately 5 million new energy vehicles on the road by 2020.

 

According to Feng An claims that by 2050 China’s transportation sector by introducing all motor vehicles free of exhaust emissions; China is strategically addressing its energy deficiency my implementing new-energy powered fast trains and bio-powered airships. Boats and ships will be able to be powered by underwater energy stored stations utilizing wave and solar energy.   The future of transportation is full of new prospects. Various car companies are approaching the increase in demand for energy in various ways.

 

Another means of transportation is the introduction of vehicles powered by fuel cells. Japan is the dominant country which is introducing the hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.   It has been estimated that approximately 40,000 hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will hit the road by 2020 as well as 160 fueling stations. The fuel cell vehicle is a type of electric vehicle which uses a fuel cell, instead of a battery, or in combination with a battery, to power its on-board electric motor.

 

Public Transportation in the Future – Solar-Powered Trains

 

What is in the future for public transportation? Californian Tom Hunt claims that renewable energy such as solar power trains can be utilized in the train system. The company Solar Trains LLC which has been founded by Tom Hunt has initiated the probability to construct a solar canopy over miles of the train tracks, enough to solar-power the nation’s electric train system. The concept is to install the solar panels above canopies instead of putting them on the trains and the trains would travel under the canopies. The introduction to use solar as canopies above the trains would result in trains going faster and more efficient. The use of solar train canopy has the capacity to reduce enormously the use of fossil energy on trains. Currently the NJ Northeast Corridor, Midtown Direct, North Jersey Coast and Raritan Valley Line use overhead wires to run its trains, just imagine if the system would convert to using solar powered trains there will never experience overhead wire problems due to temporary power loss. According to Hunt the trains would be more efficient. The Obama administration had provided funding for this type of rail improvement but the Republican governors declined. Currently California is making an attempt to improve its rail system for high-speed rail linking the Bay Area to Southern California, which will be entirely powered by electricity; this plan is a long time away from being completed. This type of rail system overhaul is a huge undertaking, which needs to be thought out carefully.

 

 

 

Public Transportation in the Future – Solar-Powered Cars

 

Solar powered cars get their energy from the sun by converting it into electricity. These cars are powered by electricity, which fuels the battery, which also runs the car’s motor, but some solar cars direct the power straight to an electric motor. Solar cars use photovoltaic cells, which convert sunlight into energy. One of the major benefits of a solar car is that they are efficient for the environment since they do not create greenhouse gases. The Solar powered car of the future would entail a car being covered in solar coatings which will be able to be charged up while going down the highway or being parked in a sunny spot. Currently, a German solar company by the name of Heliatek is introducing this idea whereby constructing a car whose sun roof is replaced by an organic solar cell windows.

 

 

Transportation in the Future – Fly Electric!

 

It has been projected that by 2025 Electric Planes will be the way to fly.   In 2015 a plane was tested to fly in the French Alps. It was a two-seater aircraft, which ascended more than 20,000 feet in under two minutes, and reached speeds of 142 miles an hour; an overall flight duration of 300 miles. This plane did not burn any fuel and did not release any gases, and used an all-electric powered by a single battery. Engineers at the University of Stuttgart built the electric powered plane. It is estimated to be cost effective as well as safe to the environment. Currently it is estimated that an airplane releases around 500 million tons of carbon dioxide into the earth each year, which is an apparent factor for global warming; electric flight will replace petrochemical. By 2025 if these electric planes are utilized they have the capability to carry 100 passengers, and due to advances to these technologies flying might become cheaper in the long run.

 

 

Transportation in the Future – Fly Solar!

 

On July 13, 2016 after sixteen months and a 17-leg journey, a solar powered plane concluded it’s around the world flight touching down in Abu Dhabi. The plane as it is named “Solar Impulse 2”. The solar powered plane was the result of the commitment of providing clean air flying. The plane’s wings are compiled with 17,000 solar cells that power four electric motors. The solar cells recharge lithium batteries that allow the plane to fly at night. There are numerous improvements that need to be made; as such it might not be a means of air transportation any time in the near future. Flying solar is not a possibility now, but might be in 20 years from now with further research into alternative aircraft power.

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11 Responses to Visualize The World In 2050- Transportation and Energy Here And Now

  1. Edward Vestergaard December 2, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

    As consequence for humankind’s constant polluting, our environment is getting sicker and sicker. Although manufacturing plants and energy-producing facilities contribute to the overall quantity of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere, vehicles are hands-down the largest contributor. With billions of vehicles roaming the world, incalculable tons of CO2 are spewed every day, increasing Earth’s surface temperature and destroying the Ozone layer which protects against harmful Ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Most vehicles require fuel to function, such as gasoline or diesel. Both forms of energy and combustible, meaning that although it enters as a liquid, it’s ultimately released as a gas into the air. This gas not only causes problems for the environment- especially for the polar caps which are gradually melting thus raising the sea level- but also for people too, as it affects their health. Breathing in these toxins over an extended period of time can cause respiratory problems, affecting one’s lungs and one’s ability to breathe properly. Therefore, it’s imperative that the automotive industry decrease its dependence on gasoline / diesel in an effort to “go green.” Thankfully, some standout companies- i.e.: Nissan, Tesla, and Toyota- have already taken many leaps to pioneer a clean-car movement; a movement which is making considerable headway.

    Hybrid technology isn’t a new concept; it’s been around since the 20th century but hadn’t been popularized until the mid-2000s when suddenly people gave a damn about the environment. To supplement the use of gasoline or diesel, hybrids have a small electric motor that produces power alongside a smaller gas engine. Together, the motor and engine produce enough propulsion to allow the vehicle to function like any other while reducing emissions. On paper, a hybrid sounds ideal, however, it does have drawbacks. Sure, spending less at the pump is a perk, but generally hybrids are costlier than standard vehicles- so really there’s no savings incentive. Additionally, hybrids tend to be smallish because their aim is for better fuel economy, therefore, a large vehicle would carry extra weight, thus needing a larger engine to accommodate and thus would decrease fuel economy. Nevertheless, Jaguar believes the market for green-technology is heating up, stating an intent to invest $485m for a transition into cleaner energy (Ragusa). China too has gotten into the mix, pumping $4.5 billion into its automotive industry for the construction of electric cars; a measure which’ll surely “decrease its fuel imports as well as improve its air [quality]” (Ragusa). Although bringing 337,000 fully electric or otherwise hybrid cars to market is a good start, China has an ambitious goal: by 2050, all Chinese vehicles will be completely independent of gasoline. It’s a ballsy claim for sure, but if any nation has the capacity for such a daunting project, it’s definitely China. Further, the author mentions the future of public transportation too, noting how trains could soon be solar-powered. I was interested to read about a “solar canopy” that would stretch for miles over the train, providing energy that would enable to train to travel faster and more efficiently (Ragusa). The idea’s really cool, and I’m curious to see if it actually becomes a reality. Although the initial cost would be tremendous, a train’s carbon footprint would be eliminated, savings thousands of tons of CO2 from entering into the atmosphere.

  2. Robert Luba December 2, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

    The world is changing with perhaps greater speed than we can keep up with. Cars have only been around for about 140 years, and now what powers a car is being switched entirely. The introduction of power cells and the mainstream use of fully electric vehicles will no doubt happen, but I do not think that this will be an overnight change unless some companies are willing to make radical changes to their business practice.
    However ethical or efficient these new cars and other modifications to modern transportation technology may be, large oil companies will not simply go silently into the night. for the time being this technology is expensive and will not be able to be produced grossly for at least another decade. The article does right o to not suggest the full transition for at least another thirty years.
    Large oil companies will without a doubt do one of two things. Either the idea of electric cars will be misconstrued or repressed by entities hired and paid by big oil companies, or the large oil companies will begin to transform their business to manufacture electric powered vehicles.
    It is likely that electric power will be met with unprecedented controversies within the next few years. As the prices of these vehicles lessens, those who currently profit off of more tradition vehicles will begin to take actions to repress the popularity of the new, ‘untested’ technology. Some very valid points could be made. these cars will need to be charged. With a deficit of chargers scattered across the united states, these vehicles would only be viable in larger, more forward metropolitan areas, presumably near where these vehicles were originated. When one considerers that the beginnings of these vehicles will be slow to accept, it makes it a clear barrier to entry for new start up stations that would provide plugs. Without a large base of clientele to buy electricity away from their expensive plugs they have presumably had installed in their houses, how will any new electrical stations be able to turn a profit.
    The clearest solution what the latter of the two suggestions I made. large oil companies, with their great quantities of capital, will be able to create electrical stations that will have the comfort of simply coasting along with little or no profit until the technology popularizes. The ability to sprout new electrical stations that they will make good profit off of, may push forward the popularity of electrical vehicles as opposed to, in my other example, stunting it.
    While both options seem to be likely, the most likely projection I could make is that some will perform the earlier until one begins to attempt the latter. Upon seeing that there would be little competition for whoever tries to open electrical stations, all other companies, who are able to expend the capital necessary to, will open electrical stations to compete with the others. As in most situations involving the market, natural monopolies will only be held as long as it is legally able to be made competitive. While suppression could be a tactic, the suppression of technology has never been a permanent.
    While a natural reaction to change is fear, and in the case of the large oil companies that have been thriving off of the oil business, fear of the loss of profit, technology has a way of pushing forward. The automobile replaced horses and carriages, the air liner replaced large ships, and electricity will within the next few decades effectively replace gasoline powered vehicles.

  3. Vannesa Martinez December 2, 2016 at 8:40 pm #

    In the article “Visualize the World In 2050- Transportation and Energy Here And Now” it discusses the futuristic views of various forms of transportation that can be potential seen within the next few decades. Right in the beginning of the article, it makes a point to let the reader know that companies are now being forced to develop new methods of transportation technology as a result of rising cost of fuel prices and the awful effects of petroleum as a main source of fuel and energy. These changes are only set to benefit communities and the environment as a whole because of the reduction of less of harmful greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. These innovations demonstrate the progress of technological advancement that we have grown to see in today’s society as well as the impact that companies have now begun to shift their viewpoint of climate change.
    Personally, I see the development of technological innovations like autonomous cars as a beneficially alternative to what we already know. Innovations will always be a plus and since it will be helping the environment at the same time that is an additional perk to these new inventions that will slowly start to be integrated into our societies within the next few decades. The use of hybrid or autonomous cars can be a major step in reducing the amount of fuel used per car because it is a form of transportation that is used nearly daily in almost every individual’s lives. Aside from self-driving cars, solar powered trains is another invent that public transportation will potentially see in the future. As the article points out, there are a number of rail lines here in New Jersey itself that still use overhead wires to run trains and only run on electric power. It would be a revolutionary change for commute if the train system were to develop for the better in such a drastic change as the article proposes. As someone who commutes by train daily, I understand the struggles of consistent power outages on the train. They are an annoyance and a big portion of passenger complaint whenever I ride on the train. I would be greatly content if the train system were to change that way, so that would complicate the commute of train passengers a whole lot less.
    Innovations like these would transform society in ways that we cannot imagine right now. There would be climatic, economic, and transportation benefits that would all around help society function better as a result. A long-term reduction would help our planet regrow itself again into a healthier version of itself, possibly not as health as it was before global warming, but leave it in a better state then when we serious began to destroy it. Less fuels would mean less disruption of our planet and its natural resources, which makes this entire innovations article make sense as a result of our own doing in depleting our own resources. Since America is so behind on updating its public transportation system this move would only make more sense that the United States look into measures like these to help ease transportation trouble across the country.

  4. Sahnera Spruill December 2, 2016 at 8:49 pm #

    With the need for alternatives for vehicle energy due to the costs and dangers of our current sources, it has become a priority to find new ways to give power to the technology we use every day. People have been cracking down on finding solutions to eliminate fossil fuels once and for all. Electric and Hybrid cars are a great solution. A hybrid car is one that uses more than one means of propulsion. It’s a combining a normal petrol or gas engine with an electric motor. Hybrid cars emit less CO2 than most conventional non- hybrid vehicles. There are conventional hybrids where each of the power sources can drive the car separately or they can work together. There are plug in hybrids that can be plugged into an electric outlet to recharge their batteries, as well as being charged on the move. Then there are electric cars. Electric cars are powered by an electric motor instead of a gasoline engine. The electric car uses energy stored in its rechargeable batteries, which are normally recharged by common household electricity. The Tesla is an example of these new beginnings. Rather than stopping at the gas station to refuel and releasing danger into the environment just to do it all over again, my father simply charges his car at home or at a rest stop if it is a long drive. My car is a hybrid car which offers the same less detrimental outcomes.
    Whenever I read post in the disruption, technology and law blog I learn a lot about the innovations other countries, primarily china, are making. In order to improve the air population, China has invested billions of dollars in electric cars, as stated in the post. I think that this is a smart move and many people will have an ecological footprint which will only support the positive outcomes we are striving for while trying to solve the current environmental crisis. The Jaguar advertised in the video titled “Future Jaguar I-PACE Concept Electric Car” seems pricey but worth it since it is an all-electric vehicle.
    The solar powered trained are also a smart move. Solar power is the most powerful source of any kind of energy, the only reason that we don’t see it too much is because it’s pricey. But if millions of people a year will utilize it, I think that it’d be a good idea to develop. I think that solar power will essentially be the “energy miracle”. The company called Map Dwell, mentioned in the video titled “Will Solar Power Be the Energy Miracle?”, will make it easier for people to tell if solar power is a smart and efficient move for them. Since the availability of solar power varies with respect to time, weather, location, etc., Map Dwell will help people to decide if their location is suitable for solar power. Those who live in a woodsy area may not find solar power to be the most proficient for them. The only real difficulty is energy storage, but years from now, I can guarantee that a solution will have been found.

  5. Gregory Medina December 2, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

    Transportation is a necessity in modern society, especially a form of transportation that is both efficient and cost effective. Due to such, governments and business have been funding capital to improve infrastructure, as well as the vehicles used for them. Such as been the cycle for transportation since its industrial inception with the train. Since then, transportation now includes automobiles, buses, planes, and helicopters. However, modern day forms of transportation are not perfectly cost effective or efficient. Infrastructure in the United States leaves highways and roads packed with cars. Moreover, since the number of cars are increasing, the demand for the ever lessening limited supply of fuel is increasing. Thus, it is not surprising that new forms of technology in regards to transportation are becoming the mainstream. Moreover, due to the growing trend for efficiency, much stated in your article, new technology is focused on conserving fuel and also increasing efficiently. Thus, one can only imagine the possibly of new more efficient vehicles, some that others might not even imagine.

    Though the implication of transporters, such as the teleportation pads in Star Trek, may not be directly possible, but they can inspire new forms of practical transportation. For example, in Japan, engineers are working on train that takes advantage of air pressure close to the ground. Most likely the key to more efficient high speed trains, engineers have designed a train that does not use rails and replaces them with wings. Known as ground effect, the wings exert a high amount of air pressure from the ground that lift the train as well as reduce the amount of friction produced. Moreover, such a vehicle is also electric in nature in order to keep the weight light as well as keep the vehicle efficient. Obviously, in a trend where vehicles are moving toward efficiency and cost effectiveness, an electric train that can travel at extreme speeds is likely to do such.

    Article here: http://inhabitat.com/japan-unveils-levitating-high-speed-electric-aero-train/

    Vehicles that are more efficient in terms of transportation and cost effectiveness are not just being produced out of interest by companies, but are demanded by society. People, in order to compete with rising gas prices, are demanding more efficient vehicles to travel large distances. Moreover, the demand for costly vehicles in urban areas, such as cities, have decreased due to their high cost and impracticality in the area. Thus, local governments are pushing for more cost effective vehicles in order to save money and improve efficiency. Thus, an increase in spending for upgrading infrastructure has increased to make drive both easier for both private and public vehicles, but for safer roads as well. Further, the social concern from both scientists and society over the effects and dangers of climate change are having an effect on business to start producing more efficient and cost effective vehicles due to potential demand. Companies, such as Tesla, are now making their cars more available for everyone by introducing a consumer friendly car, the Tesla Model 3, that no longer just appeals to luxury brand consumers. Overall, the push for efficiency is the path for future business and not just the future.

    Nonetheless, the future of transportation is in our grasp. All that is needed now is bright minds and bright people to push such inspiration further. One can only image what else is to come next.

  6. Hakeem Marshall December 2, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

    The future is daunting. The future is scary but also hopeful. The future is everything and anything you could imagine and that is both horrifying and amazing. Our future as things stand at this moment look bleak. Climate Change is wrecking our economy and our world. It is making our food sparser and harder to farm, it is resulting in natural disaster on an unprecedented scale and other awful blowback effects. Hard Right authoritarian populism is on the rise all over the west. From Donald Trump, to Brexit to Marine Le Pen, it seems as if Democracy as well as decency are on the chopping block. However, not all is doom and gloom. On the technology front we are making more progress than ever before. The article posted, however talks about the future of transportation, which is what I will spend the bulk of this response speaking about.
    Car companies have been leading the push in new and more efficient means of transportation. Hybrid cars are the new things. Using electricity to fuel the car rather than fossil fuel. This is much better for the environment as it needs much less fossil fuel for it to work than your standard vehicle. Governments all over the world are leading the charge into investing in technology like this that will play in the future marketplace. The number of hybrid cars being used are on the upswing as well. It is projected that 5 million electric cars will be on the roadways by 2020. This is great progress and necessary for our future if we want to live in it comfortably. Another means of fueling cars is hydrogen. At the moment this is incredibly experimental and is in its beta stages but its potential is incredible. The research being done into it at the moment is not huge but progress is being made. Any form of alternate fuel source needs to be taken very seriously.
    Another way in which we are making progress in public transportation as well. Solar power is going to be key in our future with regards to renewable technology and public transportation.

  7. Joe Murdaco December 7, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

    It is inevitable. We will eventually live in a society where no one owns a car. In fact, it might be possible that the government forces people to get rid of their cars. But I think the first step is to turn cars into full electric or solar power. There are plenty of ideas and prototypes out there to make cars run on anything but fossil fuels. Solar powered cars, bridges, cable lines and parking spots are a few ideas to use the sun’s energy to power cars in the future. Other ideas include electricity, some oil from food and a mix of a few options. If we can efficiently make one of these ideas work, the world may be a much better place. Now, with innovation comes consequences. It always does. In this case, like most changes, jobs will be lost. However, there would not be a huge loss when compared to having autonomous vehicles.
    There are over 4 million workers in the transportation business that would be effected by autonomous vehicles. The people that will be impacted from moving away from fossil fuel energy to run a car would mostly be anyone that works at a gas station or anyone that works with gas or oil. I think a lot of government and union jobs can be created from switching to solar energy. We will need construction workers to build the specialized bridges or roads or cable lines that use solar energy for the cars.
    The biggest benefits for switching to renewable energy are the efficiency, saving money, and saving the planet. The efficiency of cars should go up considerably. They might run for a less amount of time because of the amount of energy then can hold but it will be cost effective for consumers. We will not have to pay an arm and leg for a weeks’ worth of gas. Charging an electric car would not be extremely costly for the consumer and it can be done overnight. Next, the electric car will ultimately save the entire planet. We have all heard of “greenhouse gases” and that our ozone is diminishing. Burning fossil fuels is the biggest cause of this. Electric or solar powered cars would save that problem. They would not release toxic gases into our atmosphere. I love the idea of electric cars and solar powered cars even though it will cost the country some jobs. Although the earth will not be destroyed in our lifetime, it is extremely important for us to keep in mind that the future generations will have problems. It may take millions of years for our earth to get destroyed but we can stop that from happening altogether.
    I want to live in a world where solar and wind energy are the biggest ways we get our energy for cars and electricity. More and more homes are getting solar panels on their roofs because it is cheaper, efficient and safe for the planet. Cars are the next industry to have solar power panels or chips to get their energy as stated earlier. I am excited to live in the future

  8. Joseph Padula December 8, 2016 at 10:54 pm #

    Before I dive into Alessandro Ragusa’s article called “Visualize the World in 2050- Transportation and Energy Here and Now”, I wanted to emphasize the outstanding job he did with utilizing his technological skills, something Professor Shannon stresses the most, providing the reader with a captivating learning experience. The embedded videos helped keep my interest throughout the post while also making want to learn more. After spending the past two years with Professor Shannon this post more or less synthesizes the importance of looking toward the future and anticipating the new trends of society. Especially for students like us, who are soon to be taking on the real world, understanding and adapting to these trends will be imperative to our professional careers. I digress nevertheless.

    Alessandro first paragraph talks about puts out that there will be almost 5 million new electronic cars by 2020, which is only one year after I graduate college. This illuminates the world’s interest in renewable energy. After decades of using fossil fuels, this method has become almost obsolete due to the fact that we are coming up with cheaper and more efficient ways for transportation. Also, one must remember that these renewable energies allow us to save money and the environment, which is imperative since the effects of climate change and other issues are now effecting everyone. However, I am surprised this article did not talk about the autonomous vehicles impact on the future transportation because of its reaction it has already received earlier this year. With cars becoming more electric and more energy friendly the next big thing would be for driverless cars. I do believe this is the way of the future and although there are millions of new cars being built with solar and renewable energy, automated cars will soon be the way of transportation. This does entail a lot of ethical and moral questions but it is something I feel is inevitable to avoid.

    Another point in this article I wanted to point out is the use of solar energy. Solar energy has been talked about for centuries, to be able to harness the most powerful form of energy we know, which is our Sun’s rays. To relate to the renewable energy in cars I believe all homes will be utilizing the benefits of solar energy within the next 5 years due to the fact that it will be too great to pass up. The amount of money you will be able to save with solar technology will far exceed the initial investment you put down. I believe that all college students should read this article to better prepare them for the world they are about to enter and the world they are going to eventually live in. Following these key advancements will allow that individual to be ahead of the curve and have an overall advantage over the rest of their generation. Essentially, renewables, automated cars, and solar technology will be the essence of our society within a the next 5 to 10 years, so this is our chance to take advantage of this knowledge.

  9. Robby Hazel December 9, 2016 at 2:41 am #

    In Alessandro Ragusa’s insightful blog post entitled “Visualize The World In 2050- Transportation and Energy Here And Now”, he detailed the global shift away from traditional forms of transportation, as well as the shift into cleaner forms that are both eco and cost friendly. It is no secret that today’s society has generally been focused on discovering and utilizing transportation methods that reduce our carbon footprint, all while being both cost-efficient for producers and feasible for implementation on an individual consumer scale. Recent scientific studies and discoveries have proven the detrimental effects which are caused directly by toxic emissions from automobiles. These findings have ignited public displeasure in the current situation and invoked a widespread interest in reaching a solution by producers and consumers alike. According to the predictions found in Ragusa’s post, several countries, including the rising world power that is China, will have entirely revamped their public transportation systems and automobile manufacturing industry to be completely eco-friendly by the year 2050. It is truly encouraging to find out that entire countries are getting behind this vital movement, with some even offering substantial investments of their own into the development of green technology, namely China’s investment of four and a half billion U.S. dollars in 2015.

    The shift into completely green transportation may seem very far off to most, but it is rapidly approaching. As you may remember, it was only a few years ago that hybrid car technology gained its popularity and momentum as a result of the Toyota Prius. To clear up any potential confusion and to aid the effectiveness of my ultimate point, it is important to note that hybrid cars come with the option to run on either gasoline or electricity, which essentially translates into either environmentally harmful or harmless means of powering the vehicle. While you will never catch me dead in a Prius based off pure principal and self-respect, the idea that I could save a substantial amount of money at the gas pump due to the electric option is rather appealing to me. Not to mention, hybrid car users are saving money while simultaneously helping save the environment. This is an obvious win-win situation for both the consumer and the health of Earth. Only a few years after the Toyota Prius hit the highways, the partially green transportation conversation has rapidly evolved into completely eliminating the use of fossil fuels altogether in the automobile industry. This implies a quicker transition into the exclusive implementation of clean energy than most have expected.

    According to his post, over five million new electrically powered vehicles will be hitting the road by the year 2020, which is only three short years away. This quickening trend is becoming increasingly recognizable by consumers, nations, and producers alike. Whether you plan on traveling via electric car, solar powered trains, solar powered cars, electric and solar flights, or vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells in your future endeavors, all of which listed in Ragusa’s post, one thing remains certain: your current form of transportation will soon be a thing of the distant past.

  10. Javon Diggs December 9, 2016 at 6:47 pm #

    An environmentally-friendly, non-polluting world. It sounds like a dream come true. For years the Earth has suffered from pollution caused by people’s ignorance to the detrimental effects their actions were causing on the environment. Commonly used resources such as fossil fuels are polluting the Earth as we speak, and it’s time to start recognizing that the resources we’ve come to know and love are slowly killing the planet. If what Alessandro Ragusa says in this article says is true, then that means people may have finally come to realize that there are plenty of alternative resources available for usage that are much more environmentally friendly. A world that uses nothing but environmentally friendly resources may sound like a pipe dream now, but it may be becoming a reality sooner than people think. And it starts with the most important part of human society: the public.

    Ever since it was invented, public transportation has ran off of nothing but fossil fuels. Considering what is happening to the world now, this is completely unacceptable. Alessandro stated that steps are now being taken to try to power transportation such as trains, cars, and even planes through the usage of solar energy. This is perhaps the best idea I’ve heard in a long time. I’ve mentioned in the past that an excellent alternative would be solar power. It has an unlimited supply because it all comes from the sun, and it would not burn off into the environment like gasoline, coal, and other fossil fuels do. Of course we still must wait until technology will allow for this to happen, but with the way technology is evolving too, it’s only a matter of time before solar-powered transportation is available for everybody.

    Of course, solar power is not the only great alternative. There are also electric batteries, and wind power as well. In fact, electric cars are already available for purchase just as much as gas-powered cars are. The reason many people are sol reluctant to move on from fossil fuels is because, as of right now, they are much more convenient. They don’t require constant recharging, last longer, and are a lot lighter than electric batteries. While all of this is true, people must understand that just like technology has changed and we are now in the digital age, the environment has changed as well and we are now about to enter a new, eco-friendly age.

    The environment is deteriorating with each passing moment. This is something that has been recognized for a long time now. People’s insistence on using fossil fuels and dumping all of their waste into water and the uninhabited land has completed polluted the Earth, which has led to the global warming and all of the other environmental problems that we see. But now, with this reality now in mind, there is still hope. Thankfully, more and more people are starting to become more environmentally conscious, and steps have been taken to help preserve the Earth and stop pollution in its tracks. And after reading this article, I am pleasantly surprised to hear that it could be happening sooner than later.

  11. Thomas Batelli February 24, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

    This article really paints an interesting perspective on intelligence and the effects of the major advancements technology is making. Looking at the world now, it is inevitable that there are many things that will be different by the year 2050, and for some, it’s more scary than exciting. The future of transportation and energy is right around the corner as further information reaches the surface about the detrimental and negative effects modern day transportation is having on our environment. The polluted quality of our energy system suggests that perhaps better alternatives are ready to be discovered.

    Hybrid cars were one of the first major suggestions that there was a cleaner, yet still efficient way, to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gas into our atmosphere. Although most public transportation to this day is not ran off of a rechargeable energy system, like a Hybrid. The ideal for an autonomous transportation future is real, and within a matter of years, developers will have the market flipped- due to the estimation that even in this past year from January through October, there were 337,000 new-energy vehicles and within a matter of the next few years, five million new energy vehicles will meet the road.

    When evaluating the video on China’s Megaprojects, I thought it was interesting that the intention is to move people even more so into an overpopulated area, being that China is already over congested. I couldn’t believe that in small children’s classrooms they were one of sixty. I was also shocked that many people commuted on congested highways for over half of their workday alone. However, I was intrigued by the idea of vehicles being powered by hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, which is a type of electric vehicle which doesn’t use a battery, but a fuel cell to power it’s on-board electric motor.

    The innovation of solar-powered trains is completely logical. As an advanced society, public transportation is inevitable. The suggestion that solar canopies could have the capacity to fuel trains to power up to faster speeds, with a drastic decrease in the usage of fossil fuels as a main energy source. Solar-powered cars could be charged by photovoltaic cells, which could be soaked up while going down a sunny highway or parked in a sunny spot. I think that there is no better ideal than to use the natural energy around us instead of depleting our natural resources, which could hold better importance for other necessities long-term. For example, statistics show that it is estimated that an airplane releases around 500 million tons of carbon dioxide into the Earth each year. Not only are we depleting our resources, but were also depleting the quality of the air and atmosphere around us.

    In conclusion, it is clear that the use of alternative energies could potentially save the planet before it is too late. Although I do not think that we will see “private drones” which teleport you to where you need to go in the near future, but the ideal for a better public transportation system is certainly a necessity.

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