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Coming Soon: Cars Being Powered by Solar Energy

Posted by Dan On February 10th

Last October, the Earth Policy Institute released a news release that stated the United States consumes more gasoline than the next 16 countries combined (among them are China, Japan, Russia, Germany, and Brazil.

But one interesting fact stuck out…

Since 2010 — US Gasoline Use Declined:

A few interesting facts from the Earth Policy News Update:

  • From 1994 through 2007, new car sales were 15-17 million per year.  Since then they’ve totalled 10-13 million, and unlikely to top 14 million again.
  • Urbanization is one of the reasons cars are becoming less essential.
  • Young people – who now used to get a car, pickup or farm truck in rural areas – are socializing through smartphones and the Internet nowadays.  The number of licensed teenagers has dropped from a peak of 12 million in 1978 to 10 million today.
  • Overall, cars are being driven less miles – partly based on gas prices being higher than ever.
  • Fuel efficiency has risen – and new cars in 2008 averaged 27 miles per gallon, whereas those sold in 2016 have to meet the average fuel efficiency standard of 36 miles per gallon.

The game changer in reducing gasoline use is going to come, though, as drivers shift from gas to electric powered vehicles — including plug-in hybrids, and all-electric cars (such as the GM Volt!)

I’m very excited that coming soon – cars in the near future will be solar powered instead of by gas.

How have your driving tendencies changed over the years?