Eco-friendly cars aren’t new in the market even in Manila, but recently our fellow countrymen really have started to pay attention to how our day-to-day activities and consumption affect the environment. Cars that emit excessive levels of smoke are not only harmful to the environment but is also a disappointment to car owners.
If you are guilty of this, your car is probably due for a car tune-up. But we digress.
Eco-friendly cars use up less fuel and emit much lower carbon compounds than your typical gas-guzzler. Nowadays, there are more options in the market aside from electric and hybrid cars.
Types of Eco-Friendly Cars
An electric car has at least one electric motor that runs on rechargeable battery packs. Think bumper car that you drive off the track, but bigger and more efficient. These types of cars are ideal as they do not use fuel (you’ll save tons on running costs), relatively cheaper to maintain, and is obviously better for the environment as it does not produce exhaust emissions. This also means that it contributes to better air quality and is better for our health.
The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) has been promoting and encouraging the use of electric vehicles to greatly reduce our country’s petroleum consumption and carbon dioxide footprint, as evidenced by projects such as electric jeeps and electric tricycles.
With at least 28 firms manufacturing a variety of electronic vehicles, you can certainly consider having one for yourself! Compared to normal cars, electronic vehicles don’t have as much range as gasoline-powered cars. However, both Shell and Petron have made a commitment to build e-vehicle fast-charging stations to support smarter mobility in the Philippines.
The term hybrid comes from the fact that these type of vehicles tap into more than one source of energy. The most common source is an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. Other options include electromagnetic fields, hydrogen, petrol, and even radio waves.
Renewable fuel exists, and it has for a while now. These are typically made from animal fats, vegetable oils, and even recycled restaurant grease. Its environmental friendly factor obviously comes from the fact that the fuel it uses is renewable and biodegradable.
Natural Gas Vehicles
NGVs use alternative fuel in the form of compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas. They have less greenhouse gas emissions and reduced odors, and the engines produce less noise. NGVs are also known to deliver high performance at less fuel cost. This makes them an attractive option for densely populated areas. The downside is finding convenient and cost-effective (not to mention safe) storage of this gas as the tanks are pressurized and require a greater amount of space in the vehicle.
Another form of renewable fuel is ethanol. It is a biodiesel fuel and is used as an alternative to gasoline. Ethanol is also the same as ethyl alcohol, which is technically found in your alcoholic beverages. Ethanol cars will still use up to 15% of unleaded gasoline, but that is still 85% less than a conventional car would!
Hopefully, this list has given you a clearer idea of your options in terms of eco-friendly cars. The less dependent you and your family are on petroleum without sacrificing convenience and efficiency, the better!
For now, you may want to have your current cars serviced to ensure that they are still in proper working condition and aren’t emitting more harmful gases than they should.