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Alternative Fuels in the Automotive Industry

Posted by on November 26, 2013

Filling Up Car Gas TankFor several years, our country has seen a shift towards alternative fuels being used for transportation. Technically speaking, these fuels include anything other than petroleum. Because it decreases our dependence on foreign oil and it’s better for the environment, the government is stepping in and providing tax incentives for people who wish to invest in this type of vehicle.

Let’s take a look at the types of alternatives that are available.

Ethanol
Produced from corn and other domestic crops, this fuel type results in less greenhouse gases being emitted than regular oil.

Biodiesel
This fuel comes from animal fats and vegetable oil, and also produces less pollution when consumed or burned.

Hybrid Vehicles
These draw on electric power and combine that with petroleum, resulting in less gasoline usage.

Compressed Air
French engineers have come up with a vehicle that uses compressed air to power vehicles. While it may not be suitable for the highway as it only goes about 35MPH, it’s still on its way to being a great alternative for around-town use.

Hydrogen
This eco-friendly alternative has intrigued drivers for some time now. Progress is being made on devising ways to safely store and prevent the hydrogen from freezing in low temperatures.

Water
Believe it or not, hydrogen electrons from water can be used to power a small, Japanese car. This particular vehicle can travel speeds up to 80KPH. One liter of water will “fuel” this car, called the Genepax, for approximately one hour.

Thanks to KOMUnews for the image of a person filling up their car with fuel.

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