Buying a green car is just the first step in reducing the environmental impacts of automobiles. Several factors make the green car – high fuel economy, clean tailpipe emissions standards, being manufactured in a clean factory with safe, non-toxic substances, using recycled materials. Intensive research and development in car engineering and design now makes it possible to drive in style and comfort without destroying our planet.
Vehicles such as Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and Multi Purpose Vehicles (MPVs, aka breeder wagons), motor-bikes, vans, lorries, trucks, taxis and buses, aircrafts, boats and trains are all hazardous to our atmospheric balance.
We can conserve fuel by relying less on fossil fuels and instead burn a proportion of renewable fuels and also by driving smaller cars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Renewable fuels not only have the potential to revolutionize how we produce energy, but also are keys to effectively addressing climate change with the promise of clean energy and less air pollution preventing environmental harm.
High gasoline prices are making alternative fuels and hybrid electric vehicles hot items positively contributing to the lessening of smog-forming emissions. Flex-fuel vehicles could be the answer to our fuel shortages and large spikes in prices.
Rather than releasing petroleum from the national petroleum reserve, more ethanol could be produced. Gasoline producers would have serious competition, making prices more stable and gouging less likely to occur.
The diverse and popular forms of eco-friendly fuels include – Bio-diesel, a favorite fuel in the bus and trucking industry; Compressed natural gas or CNG which is a naturally occurring, clean-burning fossil fuel; Ethanol which is an alcohol made from plant material that has a high sugar content; Propane, a by-product of natural gas production and oil refining; Hydrogen and Electricity which are fast becoming popular in niche markets such as airports, mines, and warehouses, along with the rising interest in the consumer market.
With air pollution still rampant and greenhouse gas emissions disrupting the earth's climate, choosing greener cars is more important than ever before.