“While many of us are already familiar with electric cars, there are numerous other energy options for motorists who may prefer to deviate from gasoline. Hydrogen, biofuels, ethanol, propane and solar power are just some of the alternative on offer for the ‘greener’ motorist. Be aware, though, that each of these options has their downsides, and refuelling stations for alternative fuels are still in very short supply, although this is likely to change over the next few years.”
The best and brightest minds in the automotive world are going head to head to decide how you will power your car in the future. Will the car you drive run on hydrogen (as championed by Toyota) or will it be powered by a battery, possibly made by the market leading Tesla?
The aim of both is to provide the world with cars that run as well as traditionally fuelled models, while reducing the carbon footprint of the automotive industry as a whole. Both hydrogen and battery electric vehicles currently produce zero emissions, but that does not necessarily tell the whole story as the energy they run on has to be produced somehow.
Proponents of hydrogen point to how ubiquitous the element is and how much more power a hydrogen fuel stack can produce when compared to a battery. They will also point out how limited battery technology currently is and how this is a limiting factor in the performance of battery electric vehicles.
Fans of electric cars will retort by saying how much more mature, and green, the infrastructure for electric cars is when compared to hydrogen powered vehicles.
If you are still trying to decide which fuel will be dominating the future of driving, then why not read this infographic to find out the facts about both?
Found on ChemicallyGreen
The United States currently relies heavily on coal, oil, and natural gas for its energy. Fossil fuels are nonrenewable, that is, they draw on finite resources that will eventually dwindle, becoming too expensive or too environmentally damaging to retrieve. In contrast, renewable energy resources are constantly replenished and will never run out.
Image credit: Carrington College