Mobility is essential to everyday life but this fossil fuel convenience comes at a cost. The good news is that a slate of new technologies has arrived to revolutionise transportation as we know it. Let’s take a look at some specific examples that we mightn’t have heard about.
Over at Fisker Automotive in California, Henrik Fisker has created the first ever green super-car The vision was to design an environmentally friendly car with no compromise. When you look at
environmentally friendly cars today, we think of small, ugly, slow, but Fisker is doing exactly the opposite. The super-car can do 0-60 in fewer than six seconds, has the power of a V8, and better fuel efficiency than a Prius. Best of all, it’s completely silent.
The reason Fisker chose an electric vehicle with standard range over a conventional electric is that range is indeed important. When we think of range, it was the freedom to go anywhere we wanted that made us fall in love with the car. The Fisker has a range of around 300 miles which is roughly the equivalent of a traditional petrol powered car. This means drivers don’t have to deal with ‘range anxiety.’ The car’s first 50 files are purely electrically propelled. Once the battery is depleted the 4-cylinder engine kicks in to power it yet another 250 miles.
The car can draw upon some other, unique, power sources. With the largest curved solar-roof in the world, it can both charge the car but also run the fans to cool down the system. Solar energy is, of course, emissions free, and partly powers the vehicle.
The Fisker is taking sustainability to the next level with its high-end interiors. The interior is made of reclaimed wood, meaning all the wood is either reclaimed from the California fires, or from the bottom of lake Michigan. On purchasing the car, the buyer receives a certificate detailing where the
wood for interior came from. This is a whole new excitement that we have never seen a vehicle before.
The environmental aspect of super-cars is important because this is simply where the world is moving. Eco-awareness is not some short-lived discussion point, it’s a matter where everybody in the world is realising that we need to do something to get a cleaner planet in the future. When it comes to developing new green transportation, it really is a question of asking, ‘why can’t we have the future, now?’
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