As to next year. Building a modified ATV might be fun and enjoyable for you. I would do it for that reason But the economic collapse and the real fuel crisis isnt quite on us yet and it may never be. My state is producing about 30% of its energy from renewable sources and looking at moving to electric cars powered by those sources While this will increase energy costs it will alos promote economic development and financial security In tha tcase neither the economy nor the fuel crisis may ever reach tipping point.
For the moment while it is annoying paying $10 a gallon for fuel in a vehicle that only gets about 35 miles to the gallon when you are driving18000 miles a year, it is still affordable. The doubling of electricity prices in the last few years is another hardship for poorer peole but that will resolve itself and is partly in the process of doing so now. Many south australians now get free power form solar systems and actually make a considerable profit in selling excess electricity back into the grid. You can set up a system for 3000 dollars tha twill pay itself off in a few years while providing free electricity.
South Australian homes have the highest percentage of solar panels installed in Australia, with new data revealing an average of almost one in every seven houses across the state has a solar power system installed.
In some towns and suburbs especally thise of retirees 25% of homes have solar electricity installed
Edited by Mr Walker, 22 December 2012 - 12:00 AM.