if you count the tax payer backed subsidies big oil collects every year, the cost of our armed forces protecting oil resources, and the fact that when big oil spills, the taxpayer ends up with part of that bill as well, the actual cost of a gallon of gasoline is over $15 per gallon.
question to the brainiacs at realjock. locomotives have for years used their diesel engines to generate the electricity that drives our trains, its an electric drive, the diesel is the generator. now yes, i know you would still be expending fossil fuels, but, why can't we build an electric truck or car, that has a small onboard generator? either diesel, or, as the next generation of locomotives will be, a turbine as the generator. a turbine takes up less space than a diesel. if the generator is not having to crank a crankshft and push pushrods before inertia is overcome, and electric drive is much more efficent regarding torque, why can't our big trucks and even small cars use an onboard generator in the way trains have for years?
i would think especially for cars, that a turbine generator could be made from largely stamped assemblys, a mass produced item, and they could be made pretty small, breadbox sized even?
i'm not an engineer, so i'm asking, would there be a reduction in gasoline consumption, fewer pollutants, and increased mileage from this set up?
no, it would not eliminate gasoline, but, i'd be happy with an interim solution that would substantially reduce our consumption, until we find something that would eliminate fossil fuels all together.