Eco-Friendly Car Types

Feb 26

“’But now,’ says the Once-ler, ‘now that you’re here, the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.’” Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Leave it to the beauty of simplicity and childhood memories to teach us how to care for our environment. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax showed us all just how important our environment really is. Both the original story of the Once-ler and the new movie starring Danny Devito (The Lorax), Ed Helms (The Once-ler), Zac Effron (Ted), Taylor Swift (Audrey), Rob Riggle (Mr. O’Hare), Jenny Slate (Ted’s Mom) and Betty White (Grammy Norma), show how important trees are to our atmosphere, economy, world, and everything in between.

Although we don’t live in the imagination of the infamous Dr. Seuss, we can take the lessons he shared with the world and take those into becoming more environmentally friendly. Below are the types of cars that will help our environment stay clean and clear and help your wallet stay fat and happy by not spending so much money on gasoline. If you won’t do it to save money, do it for the Brown Bar-ba-loots in their Bar-ba-loot suits! They will thank you in the end.

Hybrid Cars: Simply stated, hybrid cars work by only using gasoline when needed. Like their name, hybrids have two different sources of power—a standard gasoline engine and an electric motor. Hybrid cars work by taking the energy created when you brake and storing it in batteries. This stored power is then use instead of gasoline.

Electric Cars: Electric cars run entirely on electric power, replacing the use of gasoline. The electric motor in these cars that replaces gas motors requires their power from a controller. In turn, these controllers get their power from an array of rechargeable batteries. When your battery dies, all you need to do is plus in your car to recharge. The main downside of these cars is that it can sometimes take about ten hours to recharge, depending on how low your battery was when you plugged your car in.

Natural Gas Cars: Natural gas is primarily made up of methane and other hydrocarbon gases. Natural gas vehicles (NGVs) use either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) as cleaner alternatives to gasoline and other fossil fuels. These cars still perform like a conventional gasoline vehicle and diesel-powered vehicles. Natural gas vehicles do, however, have an advantage because they are already in the gaseous state, causing your engine to run cleaner.

Biodiesel and Diesel Cars: Biodiesel cars run on a mixture of vegetable oil (sometimes animal fat can be used as an alternative) and diesel. All sources used to create biodiesel contain fat of some form, such as oil. After all, oils are fats. They only become liquid when at room temperature. Biodiesel cars have diesel engines that are slightly modified so they can run on the oil, but since they are still diesel engines, these cars can also run on only diesel. Biodiesel and diesel cars primarily perform the same. Their difference being that biodiesel, as stated, comes from oils (plants, seeds, and animals) whereas diesel comes from petroleum (non-renewable fossil fuel byproduct).

Fuel Cell Vehicles and Hydrogen Cars: These cars do not pollute our air or use gasoline, they use the most abundant element in the universe—hydrogen. Hydrogen cars use either and electrochemical conversion to convert the chemical energy from hydrogen into mechanical energy to power the car, or use combustion. The fuel cell stack in these cars is what converts the hydrogen gas to drive the motor.

Ethanol Cars: Many might think that ethanol cars are the same as natural gas cars, but they are not. Ethanol is an alcohol that is made from corn, barley or wheat. The most widely used combination for fueling ethanol-powered cars is 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. Ethanol cars successfully reduce emissions whilst increasing octane.

Small or Compact Cars: These are the cars that most people think of or buy when looking to getting an environmentally friendly car. Cars like the Honda Civic and Ford Focus are great examples of small cars—they receive good gas mileage, can be affordable, and thrifty!

So concludes our first entry for our Eco-Friendly/The Lorax series. Stay tuned to find out eco-friendly cars, accessories and products, and things you can do while driving to help our environment! Don’t end up like the Once-ler. Be like the Lorax and speak for the trees!

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