There have been many revolutions in the creation of passenger vehicles. In the late 1800’s came the automobile. The Model T, the first consumer car, was put into production less than twenty years later. Engineers have consistently been improving cars and made them faster, safer, and better for the environment. Cars that operate as well as traditional fuel burning models hit markets around the globe a decade ago. With the addition of energy-efficient vehicles, drivers now have a choice to make not only on their wallet, but on the environment as well. Every year these cars keep getting better, and they are the future of transportation.
Green On the Streets and In Your Wallet
An eco-friendly vehicle’s appeal is pretty obvious when you take a look at how much money owners save on fuel costs. According to a report from Business Insider Americans, some states spend an average of over $1,300 per year on fuel alone.
Canada and many other countries have introduced extra taxes on fuel inefficient vehicles. Norway, Germany, and France have all proposed banning the sale of new gas powered vehicles. This means that people are now seeing the harm that burning fuel causes to the environment, and are willing to push consumers to more efficient and clean transportation options. The use of these as power sources has garnered criticism as to whether or not natural gas is a reliable renewable resource. Natural gas been proven to be just as renewable and green as electric hybrids of today. Studies have proven that “greener” vehicles do not just save consumers in taxes and fuel though. Electric cars can save owners quite a bit of money over time in maintenance, and since electric vehicles tend to need less engine maintenance, the cost of repairs and upkeep drop drastically.
Better Fuel Efficiency
The roads are full of electric cars today. While they are the future, every driver is interested in what comes next. With driverless cars starting to enter highways around the world, it seems that the future of efficiency is shifting towards automated driving.
Driverless vehicles could reduce fuel consumption in passenger vehicles by as much as 44 percent and 18 percent for trucks. That is an enormous impact for the environment, according to an article in Forbes. This reduction is due in part to the amount of time the cars are in use. With driverless cars, commuters could share vehicles. Each passenger vehicle would spend less time idle, depreciating in value and wasting resources.
What can I do to make my ride more efficient?
It can be difficult to buy a new electric vehicle, because they are pricey. That doesn’t mean you can’t be more environmentally friendly with your current car or truck. There are many ways to help make your vehicle and commute efficient. One simple way to reduce your use of fossil fuels is to minimize trips and idle time. According to The Environmental Defense Fund, it is suggested to turn off your vehicle if you are idle for more than 10 seconds at a time.
Performing maintenance at scheduled intervals also keeps your vehicle at its peak efficiency. Replacing spark plugs, keeping clean air filters in your car, and airing up tires to the manufacturer’s specified pressure can all improve your vehicles overall performance.
Lastly, driving fast consumes more fuel. These are a couple of ways to make sure that you are more efficient:
- Following the speed limit and posted directions
- Avoiding fast braking and acceleration
- Using cruise control on the highway