What are the options for eco cars?
Eco technology is advancing all the time, but some eco-friendly cars you may have heard of include:
- Hybrid cars: these cars use a regular (combustion) engine and a battery powered motor. They have lower emissions because they use both energy sources to run. Example: Toyota Prius
- Electric cars: these use an electric battery to run, make almost no noise and need to be plugged in to recharge. Example: Nissan Leaf
- Biofuel cars: these use fuel made from plants and even old cooking oil, along with a little bit of regular fuel like petrol or diesel. They aren’t available in the UK as passenger cars, but are used for some commercial and agricultural vehicles such as buses and tractors.
- Hydrogen cars: hydrogen is put into the car’s fuel tank and converted into power. The only waste product these cars emit is water. They’re not widely available in the UK. Example: Honda Clarity FCV.
- LPG cars: Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) burns cleaner than traditional petrol and diesel. By converting your regular petrol car to LPG you can run it off both fuels. You can’t buy a new LPG car in the UK at the moment.
Registrations of electric and ‘alternative fuel cars’ increased by more than 26% from July 2017 to July 2018 as more and more of us choose greener options when replacing our cars.
But if plugging your car in at bedtime or converting your existing car to LPG isn’t for you, there are still ways to drive with more consideration for the environment.