Motoring is an essential part of life for people across the world. Regardless of continent or occupation, having a car or a motor vehicle provides mobility that is essential for personal and career development. While cars are convenient, they are unsustainable in their current form. The ever-rising costs of fuel, coupled with the environmental impact of motoring, make this one facet of modern life that may eventually end up contributing more harm than good. Green cars are one important innovation that is shaping the future of the industry. But is it really feasible to expect the majority of motorists to go green any time soon?
Green cars are a positive thing generally, and they have the capacity to revolutionize the face of motoring, as we understand it. For all practical purposes, they look just like regular gas-fuelled cars – the crucial difference being they invariably rely on electricity, or hybrid technology, in order to keep moving. This is a broadly positive trend, because the emissions from road and car use make driving environmentally damaging. Further, as the price of traditional fuels continues to rise, many motorists are left searching for an alternative that is more budget-friendly. This could eventually be green motoring, but there are a few barriers still in the way.
One of the first problems with green cars is that they don’t yet have the range to make them viable over long distances. This is a problem for most car buyers, who will want to ensure they are able to use their car for all of its intended purposes before splashing out. Cargiant customers, for example, buy new and used cars online. But without knowing if a car is practically suitable or not, these same customers will be unwilling to part with their money.
Secondly, there are not yet enough car charging ports for this to be a practical solution. Cars that rely on electricity to power them need to be recharged on a regular basis, particularly given the current battery life in these types of vehicles at present. Until there is a network of charging points spread throughout the routes that motorists normally drive, it will be impossible to encourage any major scale adjustment of driving practices.
Green cars have the potential to be something really great. Reduced emissions, lower fuel costs, and an equivalent motoring experience will one day make green cars an even more central piece of the motoring picture. But until the costs of these vehicles come down, and until there is sufficient infrastructure to support recharging en route, green motoring will remain a far from feasible possibility. In the future, it may well be the case that green and hybrid motors take over from the traditional gas-powered car, and as the technologies continue to improve this is looking increasingly likely. But until green motoring is a convenient, more cost-effective option for consumers, it is uncertain whether green motoring can make any major difference to the way we drive.