Thanks to Mike for this post about how Mercedes Benz is taking seriously the need for clean, alternative fueled vehicles. (My comments follow the article.)
MERCEDES aims to end the need for filling your fuel tank with petrol or diesel within just SEVEN YEARS
The German firm are determined to make their model range run on alternative fuels - to improve costs, become more eco-friendly and because the oil supply will eventually run out.
There are 50 million jobs worldwide associated with the car and more than 80% of goods are transported by road. Mercedes are convinced that these two crucial areas of industry can be saved by making vehicles independent of crude oil - to improve costs, become more eco-friendly and because the oil supply will eventually run out.
The company have already spent £2million on their new long-term Sustainable Mobility plan and are set to invest a further £7billion before 2014.
This includes making current engines even cleaner and more fuel-efficient while increasing the amount of hybrids, emission-free electric cars and clean-fuel gas engines and the further development of battery and hydrogen-powered vehicles.
Mercedes will drip-feed different forms of more eco-friendly vehicles into our showrooms as and when the technology has been developed over the next decade - but the process begins towards the end of this year.
The company’s next big step will be to launch a Smart electric car which is fuel and emission-free.
Obviously this info is referring to the UK, not the US, but I am hopeful that successful deployment in the UK will increase the demand for these products in the US.
I believe that the oil companies will fight like rabid dogs the import of non-petroleum fueled vehicles into the US. The oil companies don't mind so much the production and sale of more efficient gasoline cars and gasoline/electric hybrids because they still require gasoline and oil and only improve mileage per gallon minimally. But fully electric, non-petroleum based cars will mean a dramatic change in paradigm for the oil companies. No longer will they be the sole providers of fuel, allowing them to financially rape the public while raking in record profits year after year.
I'm not suggesting we stop using/driving gasoline cars altogether. I believe Americans (and drivers everywhere else) should have the option of helping to reduce pollution and our dependence on oil, but should not be forced to do so, kind of like recycling. Hopefully our collective conscience will encourage more and more to participate. But most importantly it will end the monopoly held by the oil companies. When consumers have a choice for their type of fuel, the oil companies will no longer be the 'slave masters' and will be forced to compete in price and eco-friendliness.
At least, that is my belief and hope.
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