Since the evolution of man from an ape to what he is today, man has discovered and done many things that has guaranteed his position at the top of the food chain. However, these weren’t “all of a sudden” events and every discovery he made, no matter how small or how big, had significant impacts on his lifestyle. Two of the most important discoveries made by man that arguably changed the course of history were definitely the invention of wheels and figuring out how to light a fire. From those, several other inventions were born.
Back in the day, man figured out that humans were able to manipulate animals and structures to get a desired result so they utilized the physical properties of the wheel along with other animals. The two were put together and humans ended up creating carriages drawn by horses and other domesticated animals. This was profound because these carriages gave humans the ability to travel longer distances faster. After that, around the later part of the 19th century, man improved on the carriage and put fire and the wheel together.
From this, a new era arose. An era where carriages weren’t carried by animals anymore but powered by internal combustion engines. And because of that combustion engine, cars as we know them today, have come a long way. There have been some engineering feats that match Michelangelo’s artistic performance on the roof of Vatican in terms of ingenious. We have been awed by the power of cars and mesmerized by their beauty.
With that said, it seems as if we are headed in another direction. Internal combustion, since its conception, has carried us across many countries for millions and millions of miles but our curious minds won’t let us stop there. Our future is in electric cars and we have already started our journey down that path. Electric cars will definitely revolutionize personal transportation as we know it.
In fact, the journey had begun much earlier. With the development of the first modern cars. Engineers were looking for the best possible way to power them. Several methods were tested and electricity was taken into consideration too. The bulky storage requirements for batteries at the time made it difficult to consider. There were also technical handicaps that failed to guarantee a sustainable power supply at that time so gasoline engines won by default.
People came to peace with that, and the multi billion dollar oil industry and the tycoons who rule it were happy. But with time people grew more conscious about the negative aspects of burning fossil fuels and though they are still the majority by a huge margin, people are changing their views on them and looking forward to something new.
They want something more efficient, that does the job without the incidental threats to the environment and also in a more cost effective way. Many possibilities have come up, like the hydrogen fuel cell powered car, the natural gas or bio diesel powered cars. These options leave a much lesser carbon footprint, are easier to obtain and are renewable. But the one that has shown the most promise though is arguably the electric car. In my next post, I’ll tell you why our future is with electric cars.