The skyrocketing fuel prices, growing environmental concerns and mounting criticisms towards carbon emissions give a great opportunity for auto makers to develop cars that do not use traditional bio-carbon-based fuel. Check out these eco-friendly alternative fuel cars here in this gallery!
A car run by a compressed air is probably the most intriguing and alluring among all other alternative fuel cars. Such car may use only compressed air, or it can be a hybrid car which uses both compressed air and diesel, gasoline or ethanol.
When using the compressed air alone, the car could manage to drive around town at a speed of 35 mph.
What you can see in the picture is the Tata/MDI OneCAT which was then advertised to come out in 2008. Reportedly, the compressed car was the product of India’s Tata Motors and Motor Development International’s engine developer Guy Negre.
Vehicles fueled by vegetable oil are a concept no more. There are now hybrid cars that run by vegetable oil, and even trucks and buses that are fueled with biodiesel (including soybean oil).
The world’s first biodiesel car rental located in Maui, Hawaii. USA features a fleet of eco-friendly vehicles. They include the Volkswagen “Bio-Beetle” that runs entirely on vegetable oil!
Cars powered powered by hydrogen fuel cells have attracted nature-loving motorists for several years. Sure, car makers face a host of tough technical challenges in developing such cars (such as preventing these cells from freezing or from catching flames inside the vehicle), but it doesn’t deter the creation of such eco-friendly cars.
In 2015, Toyota unveiled the first commercially-produced hydrogen fuel cell-powered car, the Toyota Mirai.
Ethanol is present in most gas that we use for our vehicles, though it must be in legally approved amounts present in the fuel. But in 2010, Suzuki started making and selling cars that were fueled by 100% ethanol.
To those naysayers who believe that water can’t run a car — well, it can and in fact does! A Japanese car, Genepax, is a water-powered car. By using one liter of water, this car can cruise around town about 80 kilometers per hour, for one hour. The water’s hydrogen electrons are the ones that generate electricity and thus, power the car’s electric motor.
The electrical car is the ultimate “green car” because it doesn’t give off harmful emissions whatsoever. It is powered by electrical energy which is stored in rechargeable batteries or any device that holds such energy.
Electricity-powered cars enjoyed only a brief popularity until cheaper gas-fueled cars became more widespread. But the advancements in battery technology, oil price increase, and the need to reduce carbon footprints greatly factored the revival of the electrical cars in the early 21st century.
Many car manufacturers are looking for more resourceful means of revving up vehicles. Now, they have also come up with cars that are powered by wood pellets! This is a type of fuel derived from a biomass, an organic matter derived from dead or living organisms.