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Alternative fuels for cars

With the price of petrol and diesel always rising people are naturally turning to alternative fuels for their vehicles. We’ll take a look at some of the fuels you might be using to refuel your car in the near future.
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Biodiesel

This is an easily produced source of renewal fuel for cars and other vehicles as it’s manufactured from vegetable oils. Animal fats and recycled restaurant grease are also used to produce Biodiesel. The fuel’s properties are very similar to the properties found in petroleum diesel but this is a clean burning alternative.

Ethanol

Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from corn and other plant materials. It’s a fuel that powers racing cars in American motor sports categories like the Indy Car Series but it’s not widely used as a fuel for normal car owners.

Hydrogen

Hydrogen is a potentially emissions-free alternative fuel that could make a big stride or two in the future. It’s produced from diverse domestic energy sources which is a major plus point for it and massive resources both in the UK and in the US are now being channelled towards this type of fuel in an effort to make it a widespread form of energy for cars.

Natural Gas

This is a readily available source of power for our cars because the country has the utility infrastructure already in place. This clean burning fuel can be used in vehicles as either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Electricity

Electric cars are the future. You might already have seen a few around your local roads. You wouldn’t have heard them though as they silently glide around. The Toyota Prius is the poster car that most of us think of when we’re talking about electric or hybrid cars but BMW and others also produce both all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

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