When choosing an eco-friendly vehicle, you will find a large variety from all the major foreign and domestic car companies. You will have your pick of cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs to choose from. Â So, how do you know which vehicle to pick? Â Also, why is a â€œgreen carâ€ your best option?
Why Buy Green?
Lower carbon emissions and less reliance on the worldâ€™s gasoline and oil supplies are the most frequent reasons that most consumers shop for eco-friendly automobiles. Â If that wasnâ€™t compelling enough, perhaps the financial side will be more appealing. Â Greener vehicles require less fuel, get more miles per gallon, and require less maintenance.
Types of Environmentally Friendly Cars
There are a number of different environmentally-friendly cars to choose from. Â You can purchase:
- Hybrid Cars – A hybrid car is a vehicle that uses two different types of energy to supply power. The most common ones are ones that combine electric and gas powered mechanisms. It can apply to other combinations. Logically, the electric bicycle is also a hybrid, using both electric and human power.
- Bio Diesel Cars â€“ This type of car uses oils, vegetable or animal fat. Bio-diesel is used in standard diesel vehicles.
- Ethanol Cars – Run on Ethanol, which is the product made from distilled/fermented starch crops such as corn. Ethanol fuel, E10 (gasohol), and E85, is a blended fuel, using 10-15% ethanol and 85-90% gasoline.
- Natural Gas Cars â€“ Vehicles that run on either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG). Propane (LPG) is not the same as it is an essentially different mixture.
- Plug-In Hybrid â€“ Uses rechargeable batteries or similar devices that are restored when plugged in with conventional gasoline powered engines.
- Electric Cars â€“ Run on one or more electric motors. They can be plugged into your normal house power (120-volt or 240-volt), but take a long time to restore, up to 12 hours. An Electric Charging Station can be installed on the vehicle ownerâ€™s property or they can visit one of the public stations that are being installed across the country.
- Solar Cars â€“ Use solar collectors and cells to collect and store the energy the car uses.
Which Eco-friendly Vehicle Works Best?
Electric and solar cars are the most expensive of the eco-friendly cars available. In addition, the batteries or storage cells are costly. It takes at least 12 hours to charge electric cars battery from 120-volt outlet and 3 hours from a 220-volt one. Charges that are done in less than 3 hours need special charge stations and do not last as long.
The number of miles that a full electric car can travel on a single charge is efficient for in city driving, but long distances may be a problem. Most electric cars are small. This makes them ideal for large cities with few parking spaces.
Solar cars eliminate the need to plug-in for fuel. The fuel they use, the sun, is also free. However, there are no solar powered cars currently in production. There are several on the road around the world, built by individuals for their own use.
Some car companies have used solar to supply power to some car systems. A foreseeable future problem may be size. The added weight of the solar collection components makes large car or SUV styles unrealistic.
Hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles will eliminate the problem or plugging in or running out of power. Â Biodiesel, ethanol, and natural gas cars are vehicles that are eco-friendly and lower an individualâ€™s carbon footprint. Â These types of cars lessen the dependency on gas and oil which is ideal in todayâ€™s world of dwindling resources.
There is a wide variety of eco-friendly vehicles used around the world; from bicycles and hybrid taxis to electric busses. The world is moving slowly away from internal combustion vehicles toward sustainable powered ones.