With fuel petrol and diesel becoming more and more expensive, we’re all looking for cheaper ways to get around, yet we don’t want to compromise on convenience and are often reluctant to use public transport outside of major cities due to the hassle and inconvenience, but also the cost, as often the train or bus will work out a lot more expensive if there’s a group of you travelling.
Today, many people are looking into energy efficient cars, in part because they want to save the environment but also because they want to save a fortune on the exorbitant cost of fuel; others will circumvent the law by using red diesel (tax reduced diesel for the use in agricultural, maritime and construction vehicles) which is much lower due to paying significantly less tax.
Indeed, a large proportion of the amount you pay for fuel is tax, as raw fuel isn’t all that expensive, it’s the tax we pay on fuel that is the real culprit in why fuel is so expensive – that said, the cost of natural resources has increased due to political issues and the simple fact that oil is a limited commodity with declining reserves.
Unfortunately, fossil fuel is a depleting commodity due to this, which means prices will continue to rise as the supply becomes less and less. In addition to climate change, perhaps this is why so much attention and investment is now being put into researching alternative fuels that are more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Here’s some interesting alternatives you might want to consider.
A significant amount of old diesel cars are fueled on leftover cooking oil, particularly in the Caribbean. This is a type of biofuel that is usually homemade. It can offer comparable performance to regular diesel, but tends to produce fewer emissions and is a lot cheaper than traditional diesel. In fact, it could be free.
There is a more refined version of this process that is commercially available, yet all biodiesel is manufactured from either vegetable oils, animal fats or recycled cooking grease.
The trend with regard to electric cars seems to be ever-increasing. Electricity is the sole energy used to power all-electric vehicles that draw electricity from the main grid then store it in internal batteries whereas hybrid vehicles tend to be fueled with gasoline (or diesel) and use electricity in order to boost fuel efficiency.
- PROPANE (LPG)
LPG stands for liquefied petroleum gas. This fuel has been used for a couple of decades, throughout the world, and costs significantly less per gallon than gasoline yet provides a comparable driving experience to conventional fuel.
Unfortunately, it can be harder to find as not all fuel stations have the infrastructure to provide LPG which can be in an issue when going on long distance trips, but from an environmental perspective whilst electric cars are the clear winners, LPG vehicles produce much lower emissions that petrol and diesel.
In summary, if you’re looking for cheaper fuel then you might need to consider choosing a car that doesn’t rely on fossil fuel and instead uses more renewable energy sources – perhaps one day, we will all be driving around in solar power cars?
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