Are There Better Ways To Fuel Your Car?
Many are fed up with fuel prices, but have no idea as to what to do about it. People who can afford it are purchasing new, fuel-efficient cars in an effort to control their gas spending. It wasn’t that long ago that fuel prices climbed worldwide. This article is focused on alternative fuels for our autos.
Fuel that is something other than petrol or diesel is considered alternative fuel. Many autos today are powered by electricity, solar power or hybrid of gas and electrical energy. Nowadays there are even vehicles using water-to-gas technology, which means they are able to supplement their gas by using water. There have been several reasons why governments and car makers have taken the initiative to make autos that use fuel other than fossil fuels. Europe has tightened the environmental laws, and added taxes to fuel, so manufacturers had to act. There are even more rigid restrictions coming out on greenhouse gas emissions.
Our atmosphere is getting worse due to the greenhouse gases being emitted by fossil fueled autos. This is resulting in climate changes, particularly raising temperatures, and contributing to global warming. You might not even be aware that there are cars that are running on hydrogen, fuel cells, solar energy, LPG, and ethyl alcohol. A lot of autos that are running on LPG, which stands for liquified petroleum gas, run on a combination of butane and propane as well. When compressed, they become hydrocarbon gases that become liquid. This fuel not only provides cleaner emissions but it brings down fuel expenses too.
There are vehicles that use solar panels to generate electricity out of the sunlight, and then use the electricity to run an electric motor, or generate another fuel like hydrogen. The solar batteries are usually on the roof of the vehicle. Many cars use fuels like ethanol which is sourced from plants. The fuel is produced when plants or crops that are high in sugar or carbohydrates are fermented. Brazil uses sugar cane to make ethanol, and have replaced 200,000 barrels of oil daily. They have decreased their poisonous emissions by more than 30% with their ethanol powered vehicles. There is one more type of vehicle that uses fuel cells, which make electricity and heat out of hydrogen and oxygen. The emissions on these cars are extremely clean as the by-products are heat and water vapor.
Hybrid cars, such as the Toyota Prius, use several different energy sources. The advanced technology they employ fuses an electric motor with a small gasoline-powered engine. It makes use of both of them at various times, like the electric motor when going slow speeds. The battery is being charged while fuel and electricity are used on the freeway. The exploration of alternative energy sources is essential to resolving our environmental and economic problems.