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Reduce gas guzzling with fuel efficiency

Since their inception, automobiles have dominated most every other form of transportation. Although technology in general has improved, technology to improve fuel efficiency has failed to improve much. The most important ingredient of cars today is oil. Some cars get better fuel efficiency than others, but why is it that people continue to buy cars, trucks, and SUV’s that are less efficient than the ones they had before? It isn’t likely that any person or even family could possibly need a Hummer to get groceries from the store, or that someone’s vacation could necessitate the use of an eight-person vehicle when only three are traveling. However, this is the type of thing that many Americans seem to do. However, there are other alternatives than just better fuel efficiency, and trying to change a very terrible habit. The one that often comes to mind is that of hydrogen fuel cell cars. This idea is incredibly inefficient and expensive. The whole idea is an impractical fantasy without any real-world application for even the remotely near future. Furthermore, hydrogen cars have been said to be ten to fifteen years off for the last fifteen years. Hydrogen cars are simply a distraction from a far better solution, which is the electric car. The best plan that could easily be enacted at any time is that of the electric car. The electric car was a fairly common site in several major cities in California for several years during the 1990s. However, after legislation threatened automotive and oil companies, it was attacked from all fronts. In the end, the Bush administration promoted hydrogen fuel cells as the future, the bill was repealed, and the car companies recalled each and every electric car. After some time, every electric car that was made by Ford, GM, Honda, and Toyota was either crushed, shredded, or disabled and given to a museum. One of the biggest reasons for having electric cars is the impact that it can have on the environment. Global warming is considered to be one of the most dangerous threats that the world faces today. Even nonbelievers must admit that there is no reason not to improve our environment by limiting pollution. Diagnoses of cancers and asthma are at an all time high, due in no small part to pollution. Smog clouds float over nearly every major city in the United States, as well as many others throughout the world. The most common perceived downfall of electric cars is that they limit the distance the owner can travel too much. However, some electric cars can travel over 300 miles on a single charge, have a maximum speed of over 200 mph, and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. In addition, electric cars produce zero emissions, which means no exhaust pipe pumping pollutants into the air we breathe. The average car owner drives only twenty-six miles each day according to the Department of Transportation, which means that even the simplest electric vehicles would satisfy the need of an average American. Electric vehicles are a necessity for the future, and can easily be made available to the public. When the cars were available for lease, over 8000 people said that they were interested in the Ford version alone. If electric vehicles were available and affordable today and I knew about it, I would buy one in a heartbeat. Between a polluting car that costs lots of money at the pump and a 100 percent clean car that costs next to nothing at all to maintain, there is no real decision to be made.

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