There are many shades between brown and green. Somewhere in between devil-may-care, pollute-as-you-go, overindulgent consumerism (Dubaiâ€™s planned air-conditioned beach being a perfect, albeit cartoonish example) and the eco-ascetic philosophy - that we must learn to live without any of the things we like â€“ is a man named Johnathan Goodwin.
Mr. Goodwin, a native Kansan, retrofits cars so that they can run on renewable fuels, such as biodiesel, hydrogen, or electric batteries. In that sense, heâ€™s just doing what lots of other ecogeeks out there are doing â€“ tinkering with cars so that they donâ€™t need to run on gas. But Goodwinâ€™s projects are no frugal economy vehicles â€“ they exude luxury, size, power and style.
Consider, for example, his 1400 pound Ford F450 that runs on diesel, hydrogen or natural gas. Or a â€™64 Impala that has a raging 850 horsepower engine and gets 25 mpg. Goodwin works on projects for the we like it order cialis online rich and famous; his clients include Neil Young â€“ whose 1959 Lincoln was converted into an EV with a 100 mile range â€“ and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose 1984 Jeep now gets twice its old fuel economy (in addition to received souped-up power and handling). And then of course thereâ€™s his literally green Hummer that gets 40 mpg.
Goodwinâ€™s creations may not win any green awards. 40 mpg is impressive for a Hummer, but itâ€™s not that much higher than the average fuel economy in Europe. Besides, unless youâ€™re either very wealthy or a muscle car fanatic, it would make little sense to cialis alternative pimp your ride out like that when you could just buy a new, fuel efficient car.
Still, there is the philosophy behind it. Johnathan Goodwin believes in using renewable fuels and getting good mileage, but he also believes that a car should be fun to drive. â€œNobody wants to sacrifice size and style to gain fuel efficiency,â€ he says. â€œAnd thereâ€™s no reason to do it.â€ To all those who believe that going green means tightening your belt he says â€“ you can have your cake and http://www.privateeryachts.com/viagra-australia eat it too.
To be sure, some of the things we love are decidedly unsustainable, and need to change. I am certainly not entitled to a big powerful car simply because I donâ€™t want to give it up. Goodwinâ€™s point, though, is that as technology gets greener it can also get just plain better.
Via CNET Green Tech
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