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LA Auto Show: Take Home Message

Well, this was my very first auto show, so I have nothing to compare it to, but my overwhelming feeling is that it was a good one. I drooled over the high performance cars with their sequin-clad beauties. I got up-close with the Tesla Roadster, talked with executives from several auto-companies, and finally met some fellow members of the click here buy viagra without prescription online media. I saw Tiger Woods and Arnold Schwarzenegger. But, most importantly, I felt a lot of excitement surrounding what I think is actually a kind of revolution of the automobile industry.

Now, I could be wrong about this, maybe every year seems revolutionary, but there was an overwhelming theme of this conference in my eyes, and it's one that has a lot of power. Diversity.

In Rick Wagoner's keynote, he pointed out that 100 years ago there was no standard way to power an automobile. Electric cars, steam cars and gasoline cars all shared the market. Now, that's not so much the case, but it's becoming obvious that gasoline is going to have to give up its monopoly on powering transportation.

The choices are expanding every year. Ethanol and bio-diesel are already interfering with petroleum's hegemony, and synthetic fuels are hot on their heals. BMW's new Hydrogen 7 lets the driver choose between hydrogen and gasoline while Honda is, for the first time, getting ready to release a fuel cell vehicle to the public market.

GM's Flex Fuel line lets people fill their tanks with gas or E85, the Tesla Roadster will soon be available as the first all-electric performance car and compressed natural gas vehicles, that you can fill up in your own garage, are becoming viable options as well.

I could be wrong, but I think I just mentioned around seven different ways that cars will definitely be powered in the generic versions of cialis from canada future. Electricity, hydrogen combustion, hydrogen fuel cells, natural gas, ethanol, bio-diesel, and synthetic fuels...yep, seven. And that doesn't even include different types of powertrains and electricity storage.

People had fewer choices in 1990 than in 1910, but now, they have more. Diversity and choice is what this world needs right now. 100% reliance on gasoline does not work and every major auto manufacturer seems to recognize that. I thought the LA Auto Show was going to just be pomp and fluff, but it was a bunch of viagra discount real people with good ideas who are  excited about the future of their industry. Honestly, I'm excited about the future of their industry as well, and I hope it comes soon.
EcoGeek's coverage of the LA Auto Show was underwritten by the General Motors Company, which, we agree, is very strange since we say some fairly mean things about them with some regularity. The only condition of their assistance (travel and wow it's great viagra in uk lodging) is that I disclose it, which, of course, I would have done anyway.
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written by monotonehell, December 03, 2006
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written by Bryony, December 09, 2006
The trouble is, all these new fuels require either a LOT of energy to produce, and hence are not worth their salt energy-wise, or use oil somewhere in their supply cain to make them. For example bio-fuels use crops which are no doubt grown with all the usual fertilisers and pesticides (many of which are made from oil, and all the farm machinery is powered by oil), and require a lot of energy to process them into a suitable fuel. Hydrogen is "cracked" from water using asolutely huge amounts of energh, which has to come from somewhere! Either nuclear or some other non-renewable source no doubt. I'm really not convinced that by tinkering with cars' fuelling system that we're improving things at all. I suspect it would be more fuel efficient in the whole "fule life cycle" to use a very fuel efficient diesel car than to use a biofuel or hydrogen cell just because of all the extra links and energy use in these alternative fuels' supply chains. But perhaps I'm wrong. I hope so!

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