Most people are fed up with high fuel prices but don’t have a clue on how to deal with it. Those that can afford it are getting new, fuel-efficient autos in an effort to control their gasoline spending. It wasn’t that long ago that fuel prices climbed throughout the world. We will examine the alternative options we have for gas.

Alternative fuel is basically fuel that is not gas or diesel. A lot of vehicles these days are powered by electricity, solar power or hybrid of gasoline and electrical energy. There are even options for water to run with gasoline to help economize fuel. Governments throughout the world are encouraging car makers to make these alternative fuels cars for numerous reasons. Fuel taxes and stricter environmental laws in Europe forced car makers to make alternative fuel cars. There are other possible regulations for greenhouse gas emission.

Because fossil fuels give off carbon dioxide, and that is a greenhouse gas, and almost all automobiles run on fossil fuel gas, our atmosphere is worsening. This results in climate changes, especially raising temperatures, and contributing to global warming. It’s difficult to believe that there are vehicles that run on fuel cells, solar energy, ethanol, and water. Many automobiles that run on LPG, which stands for liquified petroleum gas, run on a mix of butane and propane as well. When LPG is compressed, its hydrocarbon gases become liquid. This fuel not just provides cleaner emissions but it lowers fuel expenses also.

Cars that use solar power can either produce electricity to run the motor or use it to produce hydrogen. The solar batteries are usually on the roof of the car. Other vehicles use plant-based fuels like ethanol. Plants that are high in carbohydrates or sugar are fermented to create alcohol. In Brazil, sugar cane-based ethanol has replaced approximately 200,000 barrels of fossil oil daily. They have reduced their deadly emissions by no less than 30% with their ethanol powered vehicles. Another type of automobile uses fuel cells which makes electricity and heat from oxygen and hydrogen. The emissions on these cars are very clean since the by-products are heat and water vapor.

Hybrid autos use a variety of energy sources to run, like the Toyta Prius. The advanced technology they utilize combines an electric motor with a small gasoline-powered engine. It makes use of both of them at different times, like the electrical motor when going slow speeds. The battery is being charged while fuel and electricity are used on the superhighway. The exploration of alternative sources of energy is vital to solving our environmental issues and economic issues.