What Will Be the Top Alternative Fuels for Cars?

The end of gas-powered cars is in sight, and the possibility of driving without negatively impacting the environment is almost here. However, you might be wondering about alternative fuels for cars, so check out our list of the top options.

Electric

Let’s begin with the alternative that has been getting the most attention: electricity. EVs, or electric vehicles, are popular among consumers. Many electric car companies exist, and almost every major car company has created its first EV for consumers.

At this point, it seems like electricity is the go-to fuel alternative. It’s much cheaper to recharge an EV than to refuel a gas vehicle, and the differences in EV maintenance compared to gas cars benefit EVs in almost every way. However, electric cars aren’t perfect, and some other alternative fuels for vehicles might become better options as automotive technology progresses.

Heat/Kinetic

One of the biggest problems with electric vehicles is the fact that they take longer to charge fully than fill up the tank of a gas car. Vehicles that utilize heat and kinetic energy can reduce this issue.

It’s no secret that cars waste a lot of energy, both in the heat they produce and the kinetic energy they lose. However, manufacturers have found ways to reuse this lost energy. While these alternative fuel options are in the early stages of development, we may reach a point in the future where we won’t have to charge electric vehicles!

Biofuel

Let’s look past electricity and batteries for a bit. Biofuel is an interesting prospect. What started as a supplement for gas has quickly turned into a new fuel source. Biofuel doesn’t have a harsh environmental impact like gasoline because of its organic ingredients. It’s fairly sustainable and currently works with all diesel engines. However, many argue that it won’t be entirely sustainable if it becomes the main source of fuel in the future.

Hydrogen

Hydrogen-powered cars are highly intriguing and seem like the solution to all of our vehicle-related problems. Its only emission is water, and the batteries won’t need frequent charging like current EVs. Unfortunately, hydrogen is not a sustainable fuel source. It takes a lot of energy to harness hydrogen, and it’s not easy to find naturally due to its low chemical weight in our atmosphere. We wouldn’t be able to gather enough to make it work. As technology advances, we might find a solution that’ll make hydrogen the best alternative to gasoline and other potential fuel sources.

By Dianne Pajo

Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.