For many years the main fuel in our cars has been petrol or diesel, and today there are at least four different varieties of petrol or diesel that you can ‘feed’ your car to keep it happy and able to make all the numerous journeys you require of it. The standard fuels that you’re likely to see when you pull into your local petrol station are unleaded petrol, premium unleaded petrol, along with standard diesel and the premium version.
However these everyday fuels are fast becoming not only an expensive means to power our cars, but they are also very bad for the environment and our individual carbon footprint
. Therefore we’re moving in the direction of hybrid, electric and even hydrogen cars.
So what is the future fuel for our cars? Will it end up being a gradual transition from fossil fuels to electricity and hydrogen, or will it end up remaining a combination of all fuel technologies?
A key issue with pure battery-powered cars is that they need a significant charging time before they can go a set distance. Which of course means that, if your car suddenly needs charging, not only do you need to find the right location, you’ll also have to wait several hours to ensure you can drive it away after it’s charged.
This is why hybrids are becoming so popular. They allow you to be eco-friendly and do your bit for the environment, but they also have the back-up of fossil fuel power.
Hydrogen cars may be seen as the future but the early versions are currently somewhat expensive, typically with a standard asking price over £100,000. However as the technology continues to improve and develop, and hydrogen cars become more popular, the prices are likely to come down quite dramatically. This has been shown by electric cars, where the average price for a Renault Twizy according to motors.co.uk
is an affordable £6,484.
We’ve seen that hybrid cars have become more popular, so it’s not likely to be too many years down the line before electric and hydrogen vehicles are a common sight on our roads. But for the foreseeable future there will be a mix of different fuels and technologies in our cars.