There is a lot to be concerned about regarding the future of our planet. People feel as though there’s nothing they can do to avoid the upcoming issues people will face. Yet, that would be a mistake. Just because things are currently in a bad way doesn’t mean you should do nothing. One way you can act is to think about activities you perform everyday, which could be done more efficiently. To that end, let’s consider what the future of cars – including car sales, systems and so on – could mean for a greener world.
Efficiency is key
One of the issues people have with taking a green approach is the idea that it’s harder work and doesn’t seem to be reasonable. For example, how can cars run on anything that actually helps the planet? Yet, efficiency is key to all tech progress. And efficiency is about doing more with less and that is, in itself, a green approach. No one wants waste and no one wants pollutants affecting the planet.
Car tech has consistently improved. Today, people are driving electric vehicles and there are future plans for all kinds of hybrid vehicles. And, within this, transport systems that will themselves prove more efficient. People don’t like travelling in cars as much as they used to, especially when alternatives exist. As Greenbiz notes, there are a range of factors which are helping make transport more efficient and therefore greener.
“Several key trends can help predict future transportation patterns: a global shift toward using more renewable energy and reducing air pollution, a ‘decentralized’ or more flexible and accessible electrical grid, and advances in internet and digital communication technologies. It foresees spikes in electric vehicle sales and dips in demand for internal combustion engines, and predicts a slide in vehicle ownership as cities invest in better public transit and as on-demand ride-hailing services such as Uber continue to grow.”
“The used car market has two key drivers. The first one and most important of all is that the average price per used vehicle has been rising tremendously over the last few years. This is due to people opting for younger used vehicles as compared to those that are nearing the ends of their useful lives. The second factor is that despite the increasing average car value of a used unit, the volume sales aren’t slowing. As demonstrated using the data summarized by Edmunds Media, the numbers sold have been growing on a year-over-year basis over the last three years, which again is a good thing for companies like CarMax, AutoNation and Penske Automotive among others.”
People are opting for second hand cars because older generations of vehicles are still modern in a whole lot of important ways. After all, second hand cars these days have alarm systems and electric windows. They’re no longer from some distant past, where lights might’ve been seen as a remarkable property on a car. That means when you buy a second-hand car today, you’re not diving deep into the past but very recent history. This makes for more viable approaches in terms of being greener: we’re no longer manufacturing as many and the older vehicles are still around, not becoming scrap.
What’s also interesting and related to greener cars sales is that many people are willing to pay more for efficiency. Finance Help points out:
“Globally, a report from 2014 says that 55% of consumers across 60 countries are willing to pay higher prices for goods from environmentally conscious companies. A 2013 study claims that 71% of Americans at least consider the environment as a factor when shopping.”
People are not heartless and most care about the planet. The planet is our home and no one wants it to end up in a bad way. Everyone loses out if the planet fails and things escalate to the point of no return. If that means paying a little more to get a car that can, in a small way, reduce pollutants or rely solely on electricity, many are willing to follow through with it.
Cars are fascinating touchstones to consider how society functions, since you can tell a lot about a culture by its transport priorities. For example, one that uses cars more than horse-drawn carriages will be advanced. Those which use more public transportation might be even more advanced. There is the hope that one day autonomous vehicles can be used and shared between people, so that they can be summoned to transport – but people don’t have to worry about maintenance costs (much like any taxi service). In this way, people don’t need to own cars, thus reducing the number on the road and reducing overall emissions in the planet.