Some Greener Options Available For Your Driveway
Some years ago, some of the world's largest car manufacturers released a number of hybrid models on to the mass market. Hybrid cars combine electric propulsion with the traditional internal combustion engine. This allows for reduced fuel consumption (and therefore cost) and lower carbon emissions. The cars are revolutionary in a number of ways — not least because they changed the efficiency of the motor car substantially and for the first time. But the quest for the perfect green motor car is not yet over. Greener versions of family cars have been developed that are better fuel efficient and release lower emissions.
The All Electric Car
Electric cars are exactly as they sound. They are like a regular car in every respect, except for boasting an electric motor in place of a petrol engine. A series of rechargeable batteries replaces the need to use other fuels. Whereas a hybrid vehicle will use a petrol or diesel engine to charge the battery, all electric cars are simply charged before use.
Electric vehicles have zero emissions, a surprising performance level and are almost completely silent. They are truly revolutionary in today's car market. While today they are not considered feasible by some – most commonly, those who have to travel long distances – they offer a great and environmentally friendly alternative for the city dweller.
Looking To The Future
The main drawbacks of an all electric vehicle are performance related. While they are currently sufficient for most car users' requirements, they don't yet meet the regular road car on most road tests. With time, and the development of new battery power, all electric cars will see improved performance in this respect.
The second concern is over the distance a vehicle is capable of travelling on one charge. Needless to say, the extent to which this will impact a user is entirely based upon their driving habits. The good news is that as road users make the switch to electric vehicles, charge points will begin to appear. Just as you can stop off at regular intervals to fill your car with petrol, the hope is that you will be able to do the same with electricity – allowing electric car owners to roam to their heart's desire.
If you don't feel ready to switch to entirely to low emissions cars like the electric car yet, the hybrid market is still strong. Honda continues to produces its efficient and reliable 'Insight' model, which allows users to supplement their existing internal combustion engine with electricity.
The benefits of the hybrid are still considerable – far lower emissions and far lower fuel costs put it a stretch above regularly fuelled cars. The edge that the hybrid vehicle has on the all electric is performance capabilities. On demand, the driver can make use of the traditional engine which can propel the car in the same way as any other on the road.
What's more, even without use of the batteries, the internal combustion engines on most hybrids are extremely efficient. You can rest assured that every aspect of a hybrid vehicle will have been designed with efficiency in mind.