Alternative fuels are becoming a popular and economical substitute for gasoline that has been used for years. Fossil fuels cause greenhouse gases to be trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere, and biofuels are designed to help reduce this problem. If you get a hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle, will you the same power and performance?
Purchasing a hybrid vehicle requires few major lifestyle changes, but can strain the electrical grid, depending where you live. Here are some more facts about biofuel to consider before making a change:
– Gasoline comes from fossil fuels. Biofuel is made of half biodiesel and half petroleum (i.e. B5 is 5% biodiesel and 95% petroleum and B20 is 20% biodiesel). Battery-powered vehicles are quiet but take a long time to charge.
– B5 is considered the best type of biodiesel (according to Consumer Reports.org). Biofuels come from biological material such as corn, cassava, hydrogen, and more. Ethanol is also called grain alcohol. It is made from crops like corn or soybeans.
– When gasoline and oil reserves become more difficult to obtain, most cars will run on biofuel or electricity. Large deposits of fossil fuels which are turned into gasoline have made its price less expensive and more available than that of biofuel. But these resources are nonrenewable and the need for alternative sources for fuel grows higher each day.
– For decades, some countries like Brazil have been dependent on biofuels. Sugarcane is sometimes processed into ethanol. Clean-burning biofuel was available before the discovery of large deposits of petroleum and some countries in Europe utilize diesel-like fuel made from palm oil.
– Compressed natural gas costs less than traditional gasoline and burns cleaner, but requires a huge trunk for storage, which alters the design and space within the vehicle. Hydrogen fuel is made from natural gas and is difficult to transport. It also causes emissions and there are few places to refuel with hydrogen.
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