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Eco-loco: The wild and wonderful world of the green car

Motoring Research Logo By John Moroney of Motoring Research | Slide 1 of 14: The 20th Century gave humanity some of the greatest advances in civilization the world has ever seen. Farming is now productive enough to support a population that has quadrupled since 1900. We learned to fly and have now left the confines of our solar system. The Model T entered the market in 1908 and soon the whole world was behind the wheel. The automotive industry has continued innovating ever since. There are over one billion vehicles currently on the roads. The global industry is on track to produce 81.5 million units in 2018, up from 79 million in 2017. The boundless quantity of materials necessary and the vast supply chain to deliver them to the factories is mind-boggling. Manufacturers are acutely aware that the automobile’s benefit is being consumed by the unintended products of its production and use, and the waste products of the oil and gas industry that fuels it. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Humanity loves a challenge, and the auto industry’s best and brightest are tackling the problems head on. The variety and innovation of the solutions inspires hope for the future. Some may bring challenges of their own, but we as a society and as an industry are looking forward now and trying to solve the problems before they even occur. These are many green car solutions on the road today, such as electric vehicles (EVs), hydrogen fuel cells, car sharing, and more besides. Let’s look at the way these options are used today, their challenges, and what is planned for tomorrow. Explore green vehicles on MSN Autos | Follow MSN Autos on Facebook & Twitter

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The 20th Century gave humanity some of the greatest advances in civilization the world has ever seen. Farming is now productive enough to support a population that has quadrupled since 1900. We learned to fly and have now left the confines of our solar system. The Model T entered the market in 1908 and soon the whole world was behind the wheel. The automotive industry has continued innovating ever since.

There are over one billion vehicles currently on the roads. The global industry is on track to produce 81.5 million units in 2018, up from 79 million in 2017. The boundless quantity of materials necessary and the vast supply chain to deliver them to the factories is mind-boggling.

Manufacturers are acutely aware that the automobile’s benefit is being consumed by the unintended products of its production and use, and the waste products of the oil and gas industry that fuels it.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Humanity loves a challenge, and the auto industry’s best and brightest are tackling the problems head on. The variety and innovation of the solutions inspires hope for the future. Some may bring challenges of their own, but we as a society and as an industry are looking forward now and trying to solve the problems before they even occur.

These are many green car solutions on the road today, such as electric vehicles (EVs), hydrogen fuel cells, car sharing, and more besides. Let’s look at the way these options are used today, their challenges, and what is planned for tomorrow.

Explore green vehicles on MSN Autos | Follow MSN Autos on Facebook & Twitter

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