To the many motorists on this forum...

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by PowerFullMac, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. PowerFullMac macrumors 601


    Oct 16, 2006
    I read that there are about 150 years of oil left, but with fuel prices rising (they have risen 40% in the last 6 months alone!) and big car companies like Audi and BMW working on electric cars and other alternate powered cars, what do you think the future holds? Do you think petrol will be completely replaced by electricity or something in a few years, or do you believe the petrol powered internal combustion engine still has a long way to go before it dies?

    Also, what do you think will happen to fuel pricing? Do you think there is just a temporary phase at the moment and price will not continue to go up or maybe even go down, or do you think it will continue to rise until we are forced to pay stupid double figure numbers for our dinosaur juice?

    Post your opinions here!
  2. remmy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2007
    The other possibility is to grow crops that can be turned into oil, but this is the possible idea as it would mean farms producing petrol instead of food, forests being cleared for this.

    I think engines will get super efficient so that the fuel will last longer. Some of the new engines being manufactured are still more efficient than allot of the hybrids in mpg.
  3. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    i think the oil engine will be here for a good while. like the poster above me, i think the engines will continue to get more efficient.

    but hopefully we'll have an alternative to oil, but it will take a good while. companies are working on it though
  4. PowerFullMac thread starter macrumors 601


    Oct 16, 2006
  5. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    Smaller, lighter, simpler cars that are devoid of needless toys, and that are powered by a number of different means, depending on specific localised geographical, environmental and technological resources, whilst still being versatile, capable and engaging to both own and drive.

    The current increase in pricing is almost solely down to speculative investing.
  6. sn00pie macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
    United States
    I think that people do have a solution for all of our oil needs and problems. It's just it's probably been bought out and put on the shelf. If BMW can produce a hydrogen 7-series with the only "emission" being water vapour, I'm sure someone has done better.

    I believe someone down in the states got his 1991 Ford Mustang with 5.0L V8 with over 400HP to get 110mpg... google that article if you want to read it.

    Why don't they stick solar panels on the roof of a Toyota Prius? It would re-charge itself 24/7 and you probably wouldn't even need the gas engine inside it. :)
  7. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    I can guarantee that gasoline and diesel cars will still be on the road and in production in 50 years. What WILL change is that they will be joined in the market by increasing numbers of cars using alternative fuels and energy sources.

    This is especially true of sports cars and hyper luxury cars. They will stay with gasoline much longer since they are focused on performance and relatively few in number.
  8. PowerFullMac thread starter macrumors 601


    Oct 16, 2006
    What? A car that only emmits water vapor?!?! :eek:

    That Ford Mustang thing is very cool!
  9. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    As I recall the hydrogen powered cars have been around for quite a while they just have not been produced because of the cost of the things which I am sure has gone down a lot. Also the severe lack of infrastructure for refueling.

    Another caveat is to produce hydrogen fuel from water quickly takes a lot of electricity. Which the US would need many more powerplants to handle the production of hydrogen for the millions of cars in the US alone. Not to mention the rest of the world.

    I also would not want to be anywhere near the car if the tank should be punctured in an accident near a fire. Just think of a Semi truck with 200 gallons in its side tanks:eek:.
  10. Ugg macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2003
    Not true. The plummeting dollar, plummeting output in Mexico, the North Sea as well as other fields along with skyrocketing demand in Brazil, India and China all play a large part. Israel and the US are making a lot of noises about bombing Iran. If that happens prices will absolutely skyrocket. Not to mention the lack of investment in Russia and Venezuela.

    Futures trading is based on what might happen in the future. One thing we know for sure is that a lack of investment couple with the enormous amount of investment needed for Brazil's deep sea oil reserves means that future production increases are a long way out.


    Uhh, I don't know of anyplace where the sun shines 24 hours a day. Are people supposed to park under streetlights at night?

    Anyway, Toyota is doing it but it's more of a symbolic move. They'd have to make the car out of balsa and feathers before it would be light enough to be totally powered by solar.

    The ICE is going to be around for awhile, it's just going to get smaller and more efficient. In another five years Hummers will be extinct.
  11. LumbermanSVO macrumors 65816

    Mar 15, 2007
    Denton, TX
    That isn't nearly enough fuel, you'd be filling the thing up every day! Gimme at least 300 :D
  12. Thanatoast macrumors 65816


    Dec 3, 2002
    I think gasoline will be around a while, yet. As mentioned above, for luxury if nothing else. Barring an invasion of Iran, I also foresee gas prices remaining high until the Congress starts making serious moves to do something regarding alternative energy, at which point gas will magically become cheap again.

    It'll take at least 30 years for neighborhoods in the US to begin to be reconfigured to support higher density and multiple zoning (commercial, residential, industrial). Society itself will have to adjust to make transit more available and long car trips less necessary.
  13. hulugu macrumors 68000


    Aug 13, 2003
    quae tangit perit Trump
    I'd expect that even sports cars will make the transition to electric engines simply because they're generally ahead of the technology curve. While there may be some outliers sticking to gasoline/diesel engines, the majority of vehicles can make the transition in the next 25 years. I'd like to call the gasoline engine an anachronistic craft by 2050, equal to people building replicas of Stagecoaches and Colt Peacemakers.
  14. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2005
    That's ridiculous. Worse yet, politicians (including Barack Obama), seem to believe this oft repeated fallacy.

    That's all I have to say.
  15. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    But internal combustion engines are not inherently less efficient or "green" than an electric motor, and at the moment (especially in the context of performance cars) they are more flexible and have a superior power to weight ratio.
  16. obeygiant macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    totally cool
    This morning the dollar was stronger and a barrel of oil went down five dollars.

  17. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I agree with you that in 50 years there will still be gasoline and diesel cars in production, but I think that sports cars will be some of the first to go all electric since the people who buy them are willing to pay the money to get them before prices go down. There already is one electric sports car in production that I know of.
  18. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    Exactly. As the dollar weakens, oil costs more. As it strengthens, oil costs less. That is, I believe, what Ugg was saying, and what you seem to be confirming for him.

    There's also that "fear premium" being built into the cost of every barrel right now...
  19. Much Ado macrumors 68000

    Much Ado

    Sep 7, 2006
    For perspective: 50 years ago, Kruschev was sworn in as the Soviet Premier, and Castro launched his assault on Havana. Given how much has happened to the world since then, I wish you all good luck in predicted what life will be like in 2058.
  20. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    I disagree; switching to electrics is a major paradigm shift for collectors and enthusiasts who are in love with the internal combustion engine. It may be a bridge too far for those people.

    Besides, fuel cell cars may be the better option in the long run.
  21. maestro55 macrumors 68030


    Nov 13, 2005
    Goat Farm in Meridian, TX
    I am going to have to agree with those few who feel that the need for fossil fuel will still be there even over the next 50 years. I mean I will probably have my car atleast for the next 5 or 6 years and it uses fossil fuels and I imagine that there are people who are buying cars and trucks today who will drive them for another 10 or even 20 years. And imagine they will be making trucks that run off fossil fuels for quite awhile.

    Bio-diesel is a great idea, but as mentioned it requires crops that could instead be used to feed the world. Fossil fuels will eventually be all gone, and of course I will be dead by the time that we see the end of oil. Till then there will be a number of us that struggle as the lower and now the middle class have been struggling for decades with the cost of energy. If not for transportation but to heat and cool our homes and power our luxuries.

    I mean sure we can get better engines, but the cost of those vehicles will be more and less people will buy them as they will turn to alternative means of transportation. When there are less cars on the road than thousands of people who work in the auto industry will be out of jobs.

    The fact of the matter is, does anyone have a real plan that doesn't screw some sector of society?
  22. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    I think Michael Kadie/HST has been well received with the electric Shelby Cobra and the high performance electric Mustang.

    They can snag some of the performance enthusiasts with these cars, but not those that love to tinker and keep the cars running -- like a Leno.

    While the fist 10 Cobras went quick at $130k, it should be interesting to see where their sales of a $80k mustang conversion falls for 300HP and 1000ft-lb torque for 110 miles.
  23. a104375 macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2007
    Matamoras, PA
    The only problem with hydrogen is that to get it you have to split the hydrogen and oxygen molecules which currently is done either with electricity or gas, electricity is only as good as how its produced if its main source is burning fossil fuels nothing has been accomplished, which leaves solar, wind, hydro, and nuclear for power to split it or burning gas directly to get the hydrogen
  24. Prof. macrumors 601


    Aug 17, 2007
    I'll be amazed if the human race survives another 100 years let alone 150 years.

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