Do you need high mileage for your car, but don’t want to deal with the cost and inefficiencies of premium gasoline? Then you probably want to try out some type of alternate fuel. The following will examine the viability of some common options, including electricity, hydrogen, and biofuels.
Electricity has been touted as a potential answer to the top tier gasoline issue for some time now, and it was even incorporated as a fuel source into the 2003 Formula One car rules. Modern electric cars can get over 200 miles per hour, which makes them more than suitable for racing. The Tesla Model S is one of the more popular electric vehicles, and it can do 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. While electric cars don’t generally require a lot of maintenance, you will have to keep up with service routines like oil changes and cleaning the coils to ensure the life of your battery. The good thing is that electricity is a clean and abundant source of energy, so it’s virtually free. All you need is a battery to start your car and a charge every few weeks at minimum to keep it running. There is also a possibility of buying an electric car with a rechargeable battery that you can use for both fuel and electricity. These types of cars are known as energy cars, and they can save you money in the long run. As an added bonus, you don’t have to worry about gas stations running out of fuel, because they will always have a reserve tank onboard.
Hydrogen is another promising potential solution to the problem of top tier gasoline. It can be derived from either water or fossil fuels, which means it is a renewable energy source. The main problem with hydrogen is that it is highly explosive and can be difficult to store. It also has a tendency to leak, so you will have to be careful where you keep it. The safety precautions when handling hydrogen are also very strict because it reacts very violently with air and oxygen. For these reasons, hydrogen is not considered a practical solution for everyday use yet, but it could become so in the near future. When it does, you will most likely see cars and trucks with hydrogen tanks located under the hood. This is because hydrogen has a much higher energy density than gasoline, and it will let you travel much further on a single tank of fuel. The only problem with hydrogen is that it is extremely expensive to produce, and at this point, extremely difficult and expensive to store as well. If your car is old, then it’s probably best to keep off hydrogen until more modern alternatives become available.
Groups of researchers from around the world are working tirelessly to find ways to make biofuels more sustainable and affordable. The first generation of biofuels were made from plant sources like corn or sugar cane, but more recent research has focused on creating fuels from animal fat. Scientists at the MIT invented a way to extract hydrogen from animal fat, which is known as “green’ hydrogen. Not only does it help reduce your carbon footprint, but it can also reduce your car’s fuel costs by as much as 15 percent. The catch is that these types of biofuels are still under development, and none of them have made it to market yet. While there is little doubt that these biofuels have the potential to significantly reduce gasoline costs and emissions, it will be a few years before they are common on the market.
In the near future, we could see more people turning to alternate fuels as a way to reduce their dependency on oil. Hydrogen may end up being the most practical solution, but it is far from being perfect. When it comes to everyday use, automobiles will still require gasoline, and it will just be a matter of time before you will see cars and trucks on the road with only solar panels on their roofs.