The Pros And Cons Of Alternative Fuel Technologies

For some people, the price of oil has gone down in recent months. That means the price of petrol and diesel fuels have also gone down too. But, as with most commodities in life, there’s no guarantee prices will continue to keep falling.

It’s no secret that the cost of owning and running a car is higher today than it was five or ten years ago. The sad truth is that people’s incomes haven’t risen in line with these increased running costs.

Fuel CellApart from not owning a car anymore, what else can drivers do to keep motoring costs down? One answer is to invest in a car that’s powered by alternative fuel technologies. So, what are the pros and cons of such vehicles?

In today’s blog post, I’ve listed the good and bad points of owning some of the most common alternative fuel vehicles in 2015. They are as follows:

Hybrid cars

If you want the best of both worlds, a hybrid car is for you. In a nutshell, a hybrid car is one that has an electric motor. It gets used for short, local journeys. But if you want to go on a long road trip, an internal combustion engine takes over.

There are many examples of hybrid vehicles in the world. For the cost-conscious, there is the Toyota Prius. If you want something more exotic, the Porsche Panamera hybrid is for you. Or the Cayenne if you need more cabin and boot space!

The only downsides to hybrid cars are that they can cost more to fix if something goes wrong, especially with the electric motors. And there isn’t a wide choice of hybrids. At least, not at the budget end of the market.

If you’re happy to go down the secondhand route, it’s possible to get cheaper luxury hybrids from places like Country Cars.

Electric cars

Fed up of fossil fuels? Electric cars are the next popular choice for consumers in 2015. The market is small but growing each day. And it’s now possible to buy electric vehicles that don’t look “weird”!

New public charging stations are getting installed every month. New owners can take advantage of government grants. And, in some cases, free home DC charging station installations.

So, what are the cons of electric cars? First, there is the cost. Second, batteries need to get replaced after a few years – even more cost! The last major downside to electric cars is the range. Most budget to mid-range vehicles only have a range of 80 to 100 miles.

Hydrogen cars

Want a car that’s eco-friendly? And has no emissions? An upcoming new technology is hydrogen fuel cell cars. They are the same as electric vehicles but with a slight difference. Instead of plugging them into charging stations, they get their energy from hydrogen.

It’ll be some years before hydrogen cars and filling stations become mainstream. But it promises to be a cleaner way to drive around in the future. However, when that day comes is anyone’s guess!

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