“Green” or eco-friendly cars are being invested into very heavily by automakers these days. Using less gasoline and thus emitting less harmful gas into the atmosphere is their primary selling point. Green cars are also seen as a way to save money. This is, because they use less fuel which has been rising and fluctuates almost daily. To encourage the sale of these cars, owners are also given tax breaks and other incentives by the U.S. and other governments. There is even cost effective insurance that has been labeled green car insurance. All of these aim to increase the number of eco-friendly vehicles on the road.
There are several types of eco-friendly vehicles. These may be differentiated by the kind of alternative fuel it uses or the level of codependency on gasoline. Additionally, these cars can be differentiated by how they use the energy that is put in. Vehicles that use bio-diesel use things such a combination of diesel fuel and vegetable oil as the power source. Ethanol vehicles are powered by corn and wheat in addition to gasoline. Other options include electric cars which need to be recharged. Some complain about the long time it takes to recharge these cars and the fact that you have to find a location that allows for it to be plugged in and recharged. These are not seen as very convenient. The preference for environmentalists, of course, is a car which relies mainly on renewable energy, even though electricity is supposedly much more efficient from the grid than other portable energy sources.
Eco-friendly cars are typically called hybrids by many people. This is officially incorrect as not all eco-friendly cars are hybrid cars. In other words, a hybrid is only a specific kind of green car. Hybrid electric vehicles are considered some of the most cost effective of the lot though. In this kind of vehicle, there is a shared dependence on gasoline and electric or hydrogen power. Energy is stored in batteries and used as used to power the vehicle. When this store has been depleted, the car automatically switches to gasoline. This saves money with very little inconvenience for the owner. Whenever the driver presses on the brakes of the vehicle, pressure is exerted and the motion used to apply the force to stop the vehicle is harnessed and converted into useful energy. It is stored, as previously mentioned and used as needed to propel the car later. Aside from this basic mechanism, hybrid cars are “green” for other reasons. Other technologies used including stop-start features allow the car to use less energy when not needed. The Toyota Prius is currently the top selling hybrid car in the United States and our favorite.
Another way to look at green cars and how they work is to consider what makes a car fit into the category of “green.” Small cars are becoming ever popular and the reason for this is simply that the lightness of these cars enables them to use less fuel than larger models. Since they don’t need as much power to move the body of the car forward the can have a higher rankings for MPG rating and others. These vehicles are generally more cost effective and attractive in comparison to the other eco-friendly options, even though there really isn’t anything new about them.
Not all the news about eco-friendly cars is good though. A major concern for some is the lifespan of the vehicle in comparison to a gasoline powered one. This varies based on the workings of the car. For those that use batteries, the concern is that they wear down with each recharge. Replacement batteries can also be expensive and warranties are restricted by mileage. This concern has been noted by automakers and no doubt is being worked on. Another issue is fire, and other hazards not present in cars without massive batteries stored in the chassis.
The basic thing to remember about eco-friendly or “green” vehicles is that they utilize a combination of various forms of alternative energy and gasoline. They also store the energy in different ways and they metabolize or use the energy in different ways. Environmentalists are generally concerned with whether the energy used is renewable as a whole, while most consumers are concerned with the cost savings and the convenience (or lack thereof). Before buying a “green” car, decide what issues most concern you, what features you would like and which you would rather not have. Take into consideration how the car functions and the resulting costs of maintenance. Doing this beforehand will ensure that your experience is a satisfying one.