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Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Alternative Car Fuels

By Brenda Williams

With the price of crude oil rocketing and the worry of a so called environmental meltdown, most people are motivated in some way to take an interest in an alternative way to power their conventional cars instead of petrol, diesel and gasoline. It has become very expensive to run your car on petrol and diesel which is putting many people in some financial problems due to the cost of living being so high at the moment. Also many people are very worried about the state of the environment, reducing their carbon footprint and being greener all round has become common place for millions of people around the world. One way a person can reduce the cost of running their vehicle and reduce their carbon footprint is to switch to alternative fuel to power their car. There are many different types of alternative car fuels out there and some can be quite confusion so we’ll try and clear it a little bit for you.

Bio Fuels

The simplest way to describe what bio fuels are is to think of them as recently dead biological materials such as plants. The materials which are used to make bio fuels are renewable and example of which are vegetable oils. It is claimed that many diesel vehicles have already the capacity to run on vegetable oil which can be sourced from numerous locations such as chip shops or even the supermarket. Special fuel injection pumps can be fitted to a vehicle if it does not already have the ability to run on vegetable oil. You will need to spend some money however to purchase a car which convert your car. Vegetable oil as a fuel is considered to be carbon neutral, therefore you will significantly reduce the amount of emissions released into the environment, and obviously it is much cheaper than standard car fuels.

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Natural Gas

By running your car on natural gas you will be releasing around 70% less emissions whilst driving compared to driving your car using conventional fuels such as petrol and diesel. The car must be specially converted in order to be able to run on natural gas, which could prove to be very expensive, but in the long run you will find out it has been worthwhile.


Cars are currently in production which claim to run purely on electricity, this would mean no or very little emissions into the environment, however they do need to be plugged into a power source to charge and they also have a very low top speed so only really suitable if you are a slow driver or live in a town or city. A variation of the electricity vehicle would be a hybrid vehicle which can run on a combination of petrol or diesel and electricity; these cars are already in high demand and have proven to be very good to the environment and quite reliable.

Looking for an alternative fuel for you car is the way forward if you are looking for cheaper running costs and are worried about the environment. There is so much information out there so it is important to carry out your own research and weigh up the options available to you.

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