As a race, our continued progress is remarkable. From the discovery of fire to exploration on Mars, we haven’t stopped in our quest to explore planets and Space.
This progress comes with a price—one we won’t be able to afford if we’re not careful. As the population increases and our vehicles fill more streets and traverse new territories, the carbon emissions from our current fuelling methods pollute the air we breathe.
Various fuel options are emerging that can help reduce our carbon footprint, assuring a healthier, cleaner future.
70% of our planet is covered by it and our bodies contain about 60% of it. This is water. It gives us life and—being the miracle-substance that it is—it can also fuel our cars.
2015 saw a significant move towards a hydrogen-based future, with Toyota and Honda selling fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) and California approving funding to build around 100 fuelling stations over the next decade.
Hydrogen is a zero-emission solution, but it’s an expensive solution.
One of Hydrogen based main solutions is the reluctance of some major to get on board with such a radical venture. Despite this, any increase in hydrogen fuelling stations and vehicles is a win for the environment.
You’ve probably seen E10 pumps at your local gas stations, an option that suddenly seemed to appear next to the others as if it was introduced overnight.
E10 contains 10% ethanol and is a cleaner, cheaper solution to pure unleaded petrol. E10 is suitable for almost all cars built after 1986 and results in only a very minimal loss of mileage as opposed to other fuels.
Right now, ethanol-based petrol maybe the most reasonable environmental solution. Plenty of companies are on board with 10 percent, some even selling E85 as an alternative.
Like something straight out of a utopian science fiction story, electric cars roll around on our roads, tiny, silent and eerily spotless.
Similar to hydrogen-based vehicles, electric cars are unlikely to take over the world, but the more there are, the better. Running on lithium cells, these zippy little things produce only a dim carbon footprint and can get double the mileage an average vehicle gets.
As it stands, the problem is the cost. Most people on an average income can’t afford to buy a brand new electric car, so their popularity remains with a small percentage. However, prices are dropping all the time, promising an ever more sustainable future.