Alternative Fuel Cars are a better source of transportation rather than the normal everyday gasoline or diesel. There are many different types of alternative fuels for cars. Some of those include the more heard about gasoline electric hybrid, and solar powered car to the not so popular air, and wood gas.
GASOLINE ELECTRIC HYBRID CARS
When you hear hybrid, it refers to a duel powered engine. The most common hybrid runs on gasoline and electric batteries. They actually, to the contrary of what it sounds like, are very powerful and run very smoothly together.
One of the first mass produced hybrid cars was the Toyota Prius. It was introduced in Japan in 1997, but introduced worldwide in 2000. The first mass produced hybrid started selling in the United States was the Honda Insight. It was introduced in 1999 until 2006. Now they offer the civic as an optional hybrid. Ford, Toyota, and GM are currently trying to develop plug-in hybrids.
SOLAR POWERED CARS
Solar powered engines are powered by the energy from the sun, which is gathered by the solar panels mounted on the top of the car. They are not the best form of transportation because there is not enough power that falls on the top of a practical sized and shaped vehicle for adequate performance. Although they are raced in competitions that are sponsored by the government agencies to promote the development of alternative fuel cars such as solar cells and technological skills as well as motor vehicle manufactures as GM and Honda.
AIR POWERED CARS
The air powered car is better for the environment because it is an emissions free engine that uses compressed air as a source of energy. It can be self-sufficient because its exhaust fuel cell air compressor is just cold air, and can be used as its own air conditioner. Other main advantages of this alternative fuel car is low cost technology, it uses food oil as lubrication (only 1 liter for 3,000 miles), and it has integrated air conditioner. The tanks can be filled in about three minutes at a service station or in a few hours at home plugging the car into the electronic grid via an on-board compressor. The cost of refilling will be about US $3.
You probably did not know that cars used to run on wood. It was popular during World War II in several European and Asian countries because the war prevented low cost and easy access to oil. Wood gas is also known as holzgas, air gas, and blue gas. Wood gas can be used in regular internal combustion engine but all it needs is a gasifier.
You see, regular petroleum based engines are harsh on the Earth’s atmosphere. It produces harmful gases that are helping with the on going greenhouse effect. Not only that but it is getting very expensive on both the supplier and the consumer to buy fuel. One day soon, alternative fuel cars will be the only thing available to us, and on the road.