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The fuel of the future – what could it be?

by John Saunders
4th Mar 19 5:31 pm

For many of us, driving a car is one of the most common things in life. And, for those of us that don’t drive, seeing a mass of vehicles fill the road each day has just become commonplace. But, as we go about our daily lives, many of us don’t really think too much about how these cars are in fact powered.

When you’re buying a car, whether it’s brand new from the forecourt or second hand from the likes of Imperial Car Supermarkets, you’ll often take into consideration whether you want diesel or petrol. You’ll then make the decision based on what’s cheaper to run and whether your premiums will stay the same or lower. Recently, however, it was found that electric cars are already proving to be cheaper to own and run.

Instantly, this throws in another option to think about when buying a new car, based on what energy it runs on. Also, with the topic of energy conservation constantly being discussed, it’s important to brush up on your knowledge before buying a car.

Fossil fuels

A valuable source of energy, fossil fuels are still used to power most things and are hugely important when it comes to powering motor cars. However, the issue here is, they create a lot of carbon monoxide and greenhouse gasses, which ultimately cause pollution and damage the planet. They’re not renewable either, meaning that once they’re gone, they’re gone.

This is a serious issue for oil, coal and natural gas companies, which is why many companies have been looking into renewable energy for some time – BP has a huge solar division of its own now.

Renewable energies

When it comes to our cars, renewable energy sources are something we must seriously consider. No one truly knows how long the fossil fuel industry will continue, after all. Some say we could have as little as 50 years left, while some say it could be between 100 and 120 years.

For this reason, as well as the health of the planet, renewable energy is something we should all think about.

The main renewable sources of energy are wind, water and sun. As mentioned, BP has a huge solar energy department, and this source of energy is both non-polluting and efficient. Of course, the type of energy you’ll use will all depend on where you live. The car manufacturing industry would have to adjust to regionality and supply, as some places would be making cars powered by solar and others by wind. But, is this really the way forward for the car industry?

In conclusion

Overall, it looks that renewable energy sources like wind, sun and water are the way to go in the future of powering cars. But, while companies can still make the most from fossil fuels, it would appear they aren’t rushing to move too far away from them. It may take a while, but the quicker the adoption of alternative energy sources occurs, the quicker things will change, and it’ll be great for the planet too.

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