The future is now or at least, very very soon. What we’re living in right now is the 21st-century version of the Industrial Revolution. Technology is evolving and thus, is evolving how human beings live. If you grew up in the 1990s, you would have heard that oil was about to run out in a few years. When it didn’t, and you only saw more and more economies around the world grow and pollute, you realized someone wasn’t telling you the truth. But now, it is actually the truth as oil only has up until the middle of this century. Natural gas and coal are going to run out in much the same timeframe. So here we are, natural resources are coming to an end in our lifetime. The main issue is, what could this mean for human life? First and foremost, the essentials of life must be kept to a high standard. Food has to keep arriving at the shops one way or another. How could the future make this quicker for us?
We’ve seen Formula E come to be respected as something that is pioneering. Electric vehicles are the rage right now because the future is being built and used right in front of us. Tesla cars are hitting 0-60 times underneath 2 seconds, and now, the company’s trucks are about to conquer the highways. The Tesla Semi will become commercially available in 2019 and will have a range of 400 miles. Yes, it’s all electric and will be powered by a ‘Tesla Megacharger’ which astonishingly pushes the fully-loaded truck to 60 mph in just 20 seconds. Food products grown in farmlands require a strong vehicle for them to be transported in their tons to supermarkets. The current engines used now use an obscene amount of fuel as it’s the only way they can generate huge torque is to have a huge displacement.
Perhaps, for the time being, we’re seeing the near future being brought to the fore as well. In the UK tractors and other large heavy farming equipment such as harvesters rely on local refuelling solutions. Rather than having to go load the vehicles up with a full tank for the rest of the week, farmers can utilize rebated gas oil. The properties are a lot like a diesel but actually, is purposefully created for industrial vehicles and legally controlled by the law. Hence farmers can store their red diesel in large commercial oil drums. This allows for a quick refill at the farm itself and not posing a danger to the local environment. Anything from 20L to 200L can be stored, and if you look carefully, some companies offer free and national next day delivery. It’s all about efficiency and not having to rely on others to keep the harvester working and collecting our food on time. Governments are realising that giving agricultural communities more freedom helps to stock grocery stores much quicker.
Many people will groan and sigh at the sight of oil’s horizon approaching them. But if Tesla has anything to say about it, food could be brought to us much quicker and with less pollution. Giving farmers responsibilities to manage rebated gas oil by themselves strikes off another over-regulation.