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A Car of the

Future

Q: “I want to buy a car, but I don’t want it to run on fossil fuels that are bad for
the environment! What can I do?

A: There are multiple alternatives to using fossil fuels to keep your car running!
But, if I were you, the type I would prefer to create one similar to an electric car.
Electric cars are cars that run almost 100% on batteries. They don’t even use a
drop of fuel! Because this is an assignment in which we create our own car, this
will not be directly related to the properties of an electric car. So, let’s develop a
car that is completely non-fossil fuel operated. (Many adjustments were made to
make it an original idea, and not just copied off of a site.)

- Car runs on kinetic energy in order to create more energy as it moves,


and to charge when not moving. It also runs on wind energy to take up
speed while the car is in a fast movement. The charger for this car will cost
$300, but you can go to public stations to charge it for $3. The average
electric car is about $20,000, which is less than the average, non-used
vehicle.
- As for equipment, all you will need to (optionally) buy is a charger and an
improved back-up system, if you do not like the one you already have.
- Battery for car will be near the engine, as well as an on-board charger, if
you purchase the right kind, a thermal system, and a power electronics
controller. There will even be energy-operated ventilation systems- the car
will use the energy while in motion to provide cool or warm air.
- The average electric car owner will spend about $500.00 per year
charging their car. Because the average person owning a fossil fuel car
spends $2,000 a year on gas, you are saving $1,500!
- A second in-car battery for an electric car works as a back-up system to
charge your car if you are not near one at the time of running out of miles.

In total, this electric car + charger + a year’s worth of battery costs about
$20,800.

Because the average fossil fuel-ran car costs about $36,113, you will be
saving $15,313!
Analyze and Conclude
1. My car used kinetic energy (the act of energy forming when something is in
motion) as its renewable energy resource, so that it can run off of a battery. It
also used wind energy if energy forms from the fast motion of air while the car
moves.
2. The advantages of using renewable energy are that you aren’t using fossil fuels
that are harmful to the environment. They are harmful because they release
gases such as carbon dioxide when burned. This traps heat from the sun within
the atmosphere, and in result, causes rising temperatures.
3. One type of renewable energy I chose not to include was solar energy. This is
because, sometimes the sun is not out due to clouds or storms, and therefore the
car would not work during this time.
4. I think people will not use cars like this in the future, sadly. This is because well
over half of the population does not care about whether the environment is
impacted or not, or they simply do not understand what is happening. Unless a
large awareness organization steps up in the future and makes an impact, I do
not believe large changes will be made.

Bibliography:
- How Much Does It Cost To Charge An Electric Car? - Plug In America.
(2018, August 14). Retrieved from https://pluginamerica.org/how-much-
does-it-cost-charge-electric-car/
- Douris, C. (2017, October 25). The Bottom Line On Electric Cars: They're
Cheaper To Own. Retrieved from
https://www.forbes.com/sites/constancedouris/2017/10/24/the-bottom-
line-on-electric-cars-theyre-cheaper-to-own/#4b21d00710b6
- The Short Guide To Understanding Electric Cars [2018]. (2018, June 12).
Retrieved from https://alternativeenergysourcesv.com/electric-cars-
information/
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