Andrea Rossi says that an E-Cat automobile is 20 years in the future. It seems that the larger the E-Cat unit, the more quickly the technology is perfected. For instance, the domestic E-Cat is still in the certification phase, while the industrial E-Cat is already on the market and being manufactured. One of the reasons for this is also the fact that domestic models will not be supervised on a daily basis. This will be an even bigger thing to consider when E-Cats are used to power moving vehicles.
However, Rossi has also admitted that even he can’t foresee the derivative uses for his technology. So the hopes are that automotive engineers, once they have E-Cat and LENR units available, will be able to “take off” so to speak with their designs and technology, taking autos off of fossil fuel entirely.
Let’s hope this is so, because auto ownership is skyrocketing. The United States was once the culprit of excess in car ownership. Henry Ford and Henry Leland pioneered the assembly line in the heart of the industrial age. Major cities in the U.S. were known for their auto industry, and car ownership became a mark of success for Americans.
However, there has been a major shift in car ownership. Now, according to The Atlantic, the U.S. is bypassed by every European country on the rate of car ownership per person. Citing a report written by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, as they studied worldwide car ownership, the U.S. is actually in 25th place – behind everybody in Europe. You can put New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Greece, and Japan, as well. Monaco tops the rate, with 771 cars per 1000 people. In Italy, it’s 600 per 1000, while in Germany it is 500, France at 498, and the United States at 439.
How does this affect the environment? The U.S. has always been seen as the main contributor to greenhouse gasses and ozone depletion, contributing to global warming. Now, it seems, Europe and parts of Asia and Eurasia can lay claim to part of that guilt.
On a side note, the Carnage report says that car ownership is usually a sign of a healthy middle class. This would imply that the overall position of the middle class in Europe is improving, while the same group in the U.S. is declining – something that has been suspected for some time. Carnage says it is all relative; while someone in one country would be poor by another country’s standards, they may still be middle class in their own country.
This doesn’t mean that Americans own fewer cars than ever. Autos are not leaving the roads. It just means that we’re not buying as many cars. So, emissions and fuel consumption are still an issue. It’s just spreading across the planet.
Perhaps in at least one of these countries, there will be a push to incorporate LENR technology into fueling the increasing number of vehicles. Once it’s available, people will buy it.