Over a Barrel Blog
Building cars is hard. Building an affordable electric car is exceedingly hard.
It seems like every day there’s a new headline about the dominance of America’s petroleum sector.
As we’ve been warning would happen for a while now, oil prices are rising again. Oil prices have already reached $80 per barrel, and look unlikely to stop increasing anytime soon.
The nation’s fuel economy standards have been the subject of heated debate, in Washington and beyond. There’s one element of the discussion that has bridged the political divide, however: the potential for higher-octane fuels to satisfy the interested parties, not to mention benefit the country in a variety of ways.
Imagine a world where a global energy crisis has left us without cars to drive. Motor vehicles sit abandoned in junk piles, and on the sides of roads, because there is no more oil left to fuel them.
The price of oil reached a record high of $147 on July 11, 2008. Could such a sharp, unexpected spike occur again?
We keep waiting for that moment when the public goes from admiring electric vehicles to purchasing them in large numbers.
Something we hear a lot is “It’d be nice if America could use more alternative fuels that are cleaner and American-made, but they’re just not affordable compared to oil.” It’s time to put that myth to bed.
The flex-fuel movement really began with the 1994 Ford Taurus, whose on-board computer told the engine how to distinguish between gasoline and higher ethanol blends. Pretty cool, right? Except for the part about it being a Taurus.
Some of the brightest minds, and best ideas, come from the world of automotive design. We traveled to three mega-shows recently to seek out the coolest concept cars, and hear experts pontificate about how we’ll be moving in the decades to come.