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Catching Up with Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Posted By G Living Staff Monkies On April 9, 2008 @ 7:27 pm In Alternative Vehicles,G Living | No Comments

Buying a new car has always been a big decision – even back in the days when oil was the only available fuel option. But today’s choices are more important than whether or not to spring for power windows or how many speakers you need to do justice to Led Zeppelin IV.

Today you must choose what your car runs on – which is a far more daunting choice than decking out the inside because it’s both a moral and a logistical decision. While you may want your new car to be more environmentally friendly than your previous one, you have to consider how convenient it’s going to be to fuel it/charge it and whether or not the technology in which you invest a third of your yearly income will still be around four or five years later when you’ve paid it off.

Even for the avid follower of alternative fuel cars, there seems to be an overwhelmingly diverse amount of information out there. Luckily for you (and me), Josh Loposer has compiled everything into a neat little ride and posted it on Green Daily.

First off, Loposer cites statistics released by the Auto Alliance saying that U.S. car dealers sold 1.8 million alternative fuel vehicles last year, ranging from hybrid cars (over 347,000) to flex-fuel ones. Compared to seven years ago when there were only 12 alternatives available, there are currently 70, including 24 hybrids. This is all good news for the planet because it means we’re definitely getting hip to the importance of alternative technology and making strides to wean ourselves off our fossil fuel addiction.

One of the reasons these numbers aren’t even higher, says Loposer, is the lack of infrastructure. “For example, out of the 170,000 gas stations in the U.S.,” he writes, “only about 1,500 carry E85.” But hopefully in time, the old supply and demand adage will prevail.

As for the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the article says manufacturers are working on them, but the likelihood of owning one in the near future is grim – in part because of the car’s massive price tag (about $250,000).

Which alternative fuel will win the race? At this point, it’s hard to tell. But I think it’s safe to assume that none of them will go the way of the laserdisc anytime soon, so if you’re in the market for a new car, be sure and check out all your options and buy the one that makes the most sense for you.

Check out the full article here.


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