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01 Jan

eBay Collection: Green Machines

eBay Collection: Green Machines

Alternative fuel vehicles date back to the early 1800s, with the first electric carriage appearing about 30 years after the first gas-powered vehicle. Electric cars made up about thirty percent of all cars on the road in 1900, but demand waned after Charles Kettering invented the electric starter, eliminating the need for a crank start. The first fuel crisis of the 1970s was a wake-up call for Americans who expected their plentiful supply of gasoline to last forever. Since then, there have been several periods of intense research and development to find alternatives for traditional gasoline cars, each followed by a drop in gas prices and renewed disinterest.

In 1990, the state of California tried to mandate the use of electric cars with the Zero Emissions Vehicle mandate. It fell flat. It was not until 2000, when the Toyota Prius, already a hit in the Japanese market, arrived stateside, that an alternative fuel car was a commercial success.

Despite the fact that electric cars, diesel and hybrids have been around almost as long as the internal combustion engine, the issue of alternative fuels continues polarize the car-buying public. On one end are the dyed-in-the-wool gear-heads who wish the Toyota Prius had never been invented; on the other are environmentalists who think the world would be a better place if we all rode bicycles instead of driving.

What excites me about the current crop of green cars is their real-world functionality. The advent of on-board computers, improved battery technology, low sulfur diesel and other innovations have made it possible to own and drive electric, clean diesel and hybrid vehicles without compromising any of the power, performance or convenience features car buyers have come to expect. The fact that Toyota Priuses flourish in taxicab fleets is testament to their durability. Audi’s R10 diesel racecar is a rocket ship on wheels, and who wouldn’t like to test drive a Tesla Model S?

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