Green Cars - The Future of Automobiles
Owning a car when you are in a city is a necessity for most professionals. It provides convenience and added emotional value to the owner itself. However, with the increasing rate of people buying cars, the impact on the environment also increases, especially on the issues concerning fuel consumption and emissions.
With these in mind, automobile companies have made a noble step to produce more environment-friendly cars. These cars are sometimes called the green cars or the eco-friendly cars. This is a very commendable effort for an automotive world to lessen the impact of fuel emissions in the environment. With these green cars, we can reduce harmful fuel emissions and consume fewer non-renewable resources such as diesel and petrol.
Eco-cars or green cars are cars that run on electricity from the solar, water, and wind resources. These cars use lesser petrol and emit lower or no emissions at all. It has also been said that the emission from it are cleaner.
There are lots of eco-cars being produced nowadays. Although they are not mass-produced in the market yet, its popularity to the community is becoming more evident. A survey conducted by QuickTake on 500 motorists shows that 68% of the respondents would like to buy an eco-car in the next two or three years henceforth.
Here are few of the developed eco-cars in the market today:
1. Hybrid Cars
They are eco-cars that use both electricity and internal combustion engine to run a car. The electric motor is usually used for towns and sub-urban driving while the internal combustion engine is for city driving. There is a switch where the owner can change from electric to a combustion engine. Basically, hybrid cars are just cars being run by two sources of power. Here are some of its advantages:
• Engines are smaller and efficient.
• They use regenerative braking.
• They have aerodynamics design.
• They are made from lightweight materials.
2. Electric Cars
Although this has been around in 1800, production of this car was not supported because of the expensive way of producing and storing the electricity by that time. Today, because of the availability of batteries and other cheap resources, the production of electric vehicles (EV) is becoming popular – although only select people use it. Some popular EV is the UEV Spyder, Zap car, and the Tesla Roadster. However, EV’s are yet to be available to the public because it is still expensive to buy one and maintain.
3. Bio-fuel Cars
They are eco-cars running on agro-fuel. Most popular of this is the bio-alcohol or the ethanol which is collected from sugar cane, wheat, and corn. Ethanol is then added to gasoline for about 15% concentration. Some advantages are:
• Cheap fuel resources
• Lesser emission
4. Diesel Green Cars
These are eco-cars running on bio-diesel fuels. Bio-diesels are fuels made from vegetable matter. These are now being marketed and produced mostly in Europe.
Going green living can be adapted by using eco-friendly cars. However, if one does not own a green car yet, he can still go green living by following some steps and tips on how to be an environment-friendly driver or how to make his car more environment-friendly. Here are some tips:• Avoid jack-rabbit starts.
• Follow the speed limit.
• Use vents and opening windows before starting the air-conditioner.
• Keep your tires inflated to the actual pressure on the manual.
• Use low-rolling resistance (LRR) tires.
• Have a weekly fuel consumption check up – in that way you can monitor usage.
• Have a monthly tune-up.
• Change oil regularly.
• Have a periodic check of the emission control system.
Environmental-friendly cars are the future of the automotive world and will eventually become more popular to the driving community as time goes by. The impact and significance of an eco-car will create a remarkable difference on how people will view the future of mother Earth.
So the next time you will buy your dream car, choose to buy green cars. This will be your part in saving the planet and the environment itself. Be responsible enough to the difference and reduce the impact of fuel emission to the environment. Going green is the answer to the future of the driving world.
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