Originally Posted by manny_santos
With cars, I think the way to go is hybrids. However, change the electricity source - as cars are generally moving, in the outdoors, solar and wind energy could be harnessed to recharge the battery.
I find it ironic and humourous when I hear about "zero emissions" cars. The actual emissions are just moved from the location of the car to wherever the electricity used to power the car came from; in some cases it's coming from coal, oil, or gas. In Ontario our electricity is a real mix of different sources, and we still have coal.
Gasoline hybrids are either anemic, needlessly complex, or both. Diesel is the way of the future. Insanely efficient, torquey as hell, and with a nice, refined clatter to remind you there's an engine underneath. Unlike picky gasoline engines, they can burn fuel produced from a variety of biowaste sources. And diesel engines pretty much last forever, which reduces the need to continually mine minerals for use in engine blocks or hybrid batteries, not to mention reducing the energy needed to put the damn things together.
The humble Jetta TDI will save the planet, you heard it here first.