Every now and then history takes a big leap that changes everything. As I work away on the solar powered boat project, I have come to realize what a huge change we are in the middle of. We are, right now, living through a change equivalent to the Industrial Revolution. This abandoned oil well equipment in California tells the story of the end of oil; an ending that will change everything.*
So what does this have to do with solar powered boats? Where do you think you are going to get the diesel or gasoline for your boat in the future? You aren’t going to get it because the liquid fuel distribution systems (gas stations) are gong to disappear. Gasoline powered cars will be obsolete in 8 years!** Because electric vehicles are so efficient, if all the gasoline powered cars were replaced by electric cars, that would only increase the electric energy consumption by 17%.***
So what does this mean for you, blog buddies? Whatever you do, don’t purchase a new liquid fueled car or boat. If you do, you will be left with a worthless turkey in 3 years. In fact, if you have a relatively new car, you should sell it today and go for a cheap, used car until you can purchase an electric one. As for boats, get a sailboat or go for an ESPcat.
Electric boats are the future of boats just as electric motors are the future power sources of cars and trucks. **** Future electric boats will not necessarily be solar but I sure love the idea of someone quietly filling up by “boat tank” with solar power while I’m off riding my electric motorcycle.
By the way, for whatever it’s worth, I predict that we will not have many electric charging stations for cars because most cars will be charged overnight.
*** source: Meridian Energy New Zealand, Polly Atkins