In these days of rising fuel costs, and environmental concerns associated with the emissions traditional vehicles produce, many of us are looking for alternative fuel source conversions for cars. Whilst there are already several choices for new vehicles, that are both cheaper to run and low emission too, buying a brand new vehicle is not a viable option for most of us due to the cost. The good news is there are many things we can all do to our current vehicle to make it greener, and also make it less demanding on our pocket when it comes to filling it with fuel. Below are four of the most common options.
1. Bio Fuel:
Bio alternatives to fossil fuel are by far the easiest way to go. They are made from renewable sources, and there are options available for both petrol and diesel cars.
A petrol car can run on ethanol or an ethanol and petrol mix. A conversion for it to run on pure ethanol will require modification to the engine's compression ratio and other adjustments, although a modern gasoline engine can run on a blend containing 20% ethanol without change.
A diesel car can use bio-diesel, this is a form of fuel produced using vegetable based oils. A pure bio-diesel burning engine produces 80% less emissions, and a modern diesel engine can use it without modification. Older engines will need to be converted, as the natural rubber seals in them will be degraded over time.
Both ethanol blend gasoline and bio-diesel are currently available from many gas stations, so you could make the switch today.
2. Compressed Gas:
Most petrol engines can run on compressed gas, the gas used is called LPG or liquid petroleum gas. It is produced as a byproduct of crude oil distillation, however it can also be produced synthetically.
To use this type of gas your vehicle will need to be converted. Usually the fuel tank will be replaced with a cylinder to hold the fuel, and a gas regulator will be fitted to the engine. The car will still have its traditional fuel tank, and will still start using normal fuel, this is because it takes time for the gas to feed in, which can cause starting problems especially when the engine is cold. If you are a keen DIY mechanic you can get a kit and do this conversion yourself.
There are kits available that you can fit to your car which produce hydrogen from water. They do this through a process called electrolysis. This gadget is then fed into the fuel flow, and the theory is that this hydrogen gas is burned by the engine and increases your fuel economy. The effectiveness of these systems are doubtful, and you are better off following another route.
4. Pure Electric:
The last option is to convert your current car to electric. Home kits and plans are available to help you to do this. Basically the engine of your car is replaced by an electric motor, and the fuel tank is replaced by a bank of rechargeable batteries. If you feel that the task is too much for you to complete on your own, then you can get this done professionally.
The accelerator pedal becomes a switch, and as an electric motor produces full torque from the start, no gear box is needed. As well as this there is no cooling system or oil lubrication required. Due to this fact, an added advantage of an electric vehicle is the reduced maintenance costs, in addition to lower fuel costs.
As you can see there are several choices open to you when considering alternative fuel source conversions for cars. The one you choose will depend on your available funds, as well as the way you use your vehicle. Whatever method you choose should pay for itself in cost savings on fuel over time, and you will have the satisfaction that you are doing your bit for a cleaner and greener planet.
Home Electric Car Conversion:
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