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Automobile industry world over looking forward to greener solution http://greenventuresconference.org/  Money Saving Eco Friendly Vehicles  Benefits of Eco-Friendly Cars  Eco Cars: Good for the Owner and the Planet   Green Car, Green Wallet, Green Planet  Make Your New Car an Eco-Friendly One  Eco Cars: Good for the Owner and the Planet  Global warming and carbon foot prints dominate the daily news. From melting polar caps to warmer winters global warming is seen as a very serious problem. So it’s no surprise t hat nearly every company is pushing it’s latest eco friendly product. Everything from low energy refrigerators to new light bulbs are being touted as things you can purchase to do your part to fight global warming . Cars that are environmentally friendly are among the most popular of these products. But what exactly is an eco friendly car, and what are the benefits of owning one? Eco friendly cars are vehicles that are electric, hybrids, or use other alternatives to gasoline, including ethanol. Electric cars run on batteries, not combustion engines, so there are no harmful emissions. Electric cars are very economical, as a typical electric vehicle only costs between two and four cents per mile to run. Electric cars can also be charged anywhere there is an outlet.  A much more co mmon vehicle than the totally el ectric car is w hat is know as a hybrid. These vehicles utilize both the combustion engine as well as electric power. Many of the benefits are the same as the purely electric vehicle, saving money and lower emissions, but the hybrid brings a level of practicality as well. Many potential owners of electric cars site the fear of running the charge out and being stranded as the main reason they have not purchased an electric vehicle. However, with a hybrid, if the charge empties the combustion engine will kick in. Ethanol powered cars are also a viable option when it comes to eco friendly vehicles. Ethanol is made mostly of corn, so the advantage of cleaner emissions is once again present. The ethanol powered car also benefits the economy, as it uses the produce of local farmers. The biggest benefit of eco friendly cars is one geared t owards the planet, not just the owner of the vehicle. Lower emissions and better mileage are great ways to reduce ones carbon footprint. With global warming continuing to be the number one problem facing us go ing forward, it’s taking steps like manufacturing eco friendly cars that will be needed to combat the problem.  This entry was posted under  Benefits of eco friendly cars . You can f ollow any responses to this en try through the  RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback f rom your own site.  

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Benefits of Eco-Friendly CarsThese days, almost everybody is looking at ways to keep our planet healthier. Sustainability is a hot topic in politics and daily life.Companies are paying attention and making products that allow customers to save money and help save the planet at the same time.One example of this is the wave of eco-friendly cars being targeted at environmentally-minded drivers. The two main options for eco-friendly cars are hybrids and flex-fuel vehicles.

Hybrids are vehicles that use less fuel by storing energy in a battery. In stop-and-go and slow traffic, these cars use the electric motormore than the gasoline engine. While coasting, the car begin running off of the electric motor again and also uses the energy from thewheels to charge the battery. This all means fewer emissions and less pollution, resulting in a smaller contribution to global warming.Consumers who drive hybrid vehicles also save money on gas, often getting more than twice as much mileage out of their gasoline.

 Auto companies such as Honda, Toyota and Ford have listened to consumers’ demands and produced models that offer excellentperformance. This has given a real overhaul to the reputation of hybrid vehicles, and drivers who used to swear they’d never drive ahybrid are now buying them. Even companies famous for high-performance sports cars are getting in on the action, such as Porsche,who are already making hybrid engines with huge power. However, for the purpose of reducing emissions, models with smaller enginecapacity such as the Toyota Prius can’t be beat.  Flex-fuel vehicles are another eco-friendly option. These cars can run off of regular gas as well as E85, a mixture of 85% ethanol and15% regular gas. Unfortunately, E85 gives poorer fuel efficiency and its availability is spotty. One benefit of flex fuel is that by reducingour immediate dependency on petroleum, it encourages longer-term advances in environmentally-friendly cars.Eco-friendly vehicles are becoming more popular all the time. Gas prices are only going to increase as petroleum becomes scarcer, andenvironmental concerns are sure to grow as well. More and more, consumers are asking how to choose the best hybrid vehicle. One ofthe biggest things to consider is how long and at what speeds the vehicle will be used each day. For commutes that are very long orinvolve traveling at high speeds for extended periods, vehicles with higher-capacity batteries are best.

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What Are the Benefits of Going Green With Eco-Friendly Cars?Hybrid and all-electric cars are becoming a mainstream reality. Electric cars have engines that run on electricity and do not requiregasoline. Hybrid cars use electricity for short distances and gasoline for long drives and high speeds. These eco-friendly cars come withmany advantages to the consumers.Fuel CostsThe most obvious benefit of owning a hybrid or electric car is the increase in fuel costs. Owning either one will result in fewer trips to thegas pump. These savings really add up over time. A hybrid car will save the driver about 38 percent in fuel in the city and 19 percent onthe highway. The only cost in fueling an electric car is the electricity to charge the battery.

Energy SecurityOil is a limited resource, meaning it will eventually run out and become unavailable. An electric car takes this worry away because itdoes not depend on gasoline at all. A hybrid will use a lot less gas than a traditional engine. An owner of a hybrid can feel confident inknowing they are saving this precious resource.Tax BenefitsThe government offers a tax deduction for buying an eco-friendly car. This is to encourage more people to consider choosing a moreenvironmentally friendly option when buying their next car.Less Greenhouse Gas EmissionsCarbon and sulfur  emissions are greatly reduced in hybrid cars and eliminated altogether in electric cars. Reducing toxic emissionsmeans cleaner air and a healthier environment. By using biodiesel or ethanol in place of gasoline for hybrid cars, drivers can reducetheir vehicle’s toxic emissions by as much as 97 percent. Faster Commuting TimesTo increase the incentives for buying an eco-friendly car, major highways are beginning to add lanes that are designated for use only bythese cars. As these cars become more popular, it is likely we will see more of these lanes available. Some places are also beginning todesignate close, or even free, parking spaces.Power EfficiencyMaterials used in eco-friendly cars weigh less than t raditional ones, meaning they maneuver and handle easier. Because they run on

electricity, they can operate and function well at any speed. Power is consistent whether driving at high or low speeds. They do notneed a transmission to make the engine run at full power, even at lower speeds, like gas-powered engines.

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http://www.ucsusa.org/( Union of Concerned Scientists) 

1 gallon of gas = 24 pounds of global warming emissions

Every gallon of gas burned emits 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases into the atmosphere. About 5

pounds of that come from the extraction of petroleum and the production and delivery of the fuel. But the great bulk of heat-

trapping emissions—more than 19 pounds per gallon—comes right out of a car’s tailpipe. 

Pollution adds up fast. Each year, the average car sends 6 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere—about three times the

 vehicle’s weight. 

Biofuels can further reduce emissions.Biofuels are made from organic materials like corn, grass, and agricultural waste and have the potential to provide more than 10

percent of U.S. fuel needs. Biofuels can produce fewer global warming emissions than conventional gasoline, though the

amount varies considerably depending on the source material and production methods used to create it.

Corn-based ethanol is one of the least effective biofuels at reducing emissions; advanced biofuels made from grass, wood waste,

and even garbage offer much greater savings. 

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Cities of the future

Projects all over the world have been looking at what our cities couldlook like in the future. From the Venus Project, which not onlyproposes new circular cities but a whole new way of living andconstructing our socities, through to Earth Day’s Green Cities thatenvisages living and breathing buildings that react to our needs,solar-powered public transport and high-speed long-distance travel inpods through depressurised tubes.

It seems that Powell could be right when he says that what we’rebuilding now is just buying us time for the future; a future where wecould make some of these ideas a reality. He says: “How fartechnology could take us is for someone else to speculate.” 

It’s taking those speculations and trying to turn them into solutionsthat will be the answer to making our urban dense cities trulysustainable for the future, as well as a nice place to live.

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If California is going to sink millions upon millions to expand its hydrogen-refueling infrastructure, shouldn't at least some of thatinfrastructure be operated by a company that actually produces hydrogen fuel? Why, yes, and that's the case with Linde North America. The company has announced it will build two publicly-accessible hydrogen stations in Northern California, courtesy ofa $4.3 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC).

One of the stations will be at Oakland International Airport while the other will be about 20 miles east in San Ramon, nextto Toyota's regional office and parts distribution center for the San Francisco Bay Area. That's only fitting, considering thatToyota is going to release a production fuel cell vehicle next year, first in Japan, then in the US (it will be limited to California atthe beginning).

The California Air Resources Board recently outlined the Golden State's intention to spend $50 million on getting 28 hydrogenrefueling stations up and running by the end of next year and as many as 100 new stations added during the next decade. Alarge chunk of those (19, to be exact) will be built through a partnership betweetn Toyota and FirstElement Fuel Inc., so thingsare happening. Check out Linde's press release below. 

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Motor vehicle production (units)

Country 1,000,000 2,000,000 3,000,000 4,000,000 5,000,000 6,000,000 7,000,000 8,000,000 9,000,000 10,000,000 11,000,000 12,000,000 13,000,000 14,000,00015,000,00016,000,00017,000

 China 22,116,825

United

States 

11,045,902

Japan 9,630,070

Germany 5,718,222

South

Korea 

4,521,429

India 3,880,938

Brazil 3,740,418

Mexico 3,052,395

Thailand 2,532,577

Canada 2,379,806

Russia 

2,175,311

Spain 2,163,338

France 1,740,000

UK  1,597,433

Indonesia 1,208,211

Czech

Rep. 

1,132,931

Turkey 1,125,534

Slovakia 975,000

Argentina 791,007

Iran 

743,680 

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Some Facts on Automobiles and the Environment

We were asked a while ago if we could provide some information on theimpact of automobiles on the environment. Here's what we came up with 

 Automobiles have a major impact upon the environment. As noted in a factsheet from the US EPA, "driving a private car is probably a typical citizen'smost 'polluting' daily activity".

Energy Use 

Each year, the United States produces about 10% of the world's petroleumbut consumes about 26% of the world's total production. Cars and lighttrucks are the single largest users of petroleum, consuming about 43% of

the total. Overall, cars and light trucks consume about 16% of the totalenergy used in the U.S.

Air Pollution 

 Although great strides have been made at reducing air pollution fromautomobile exhaust over the past 30 years, on-road motor vehicles stillaccount for a significant proportion of air pollution:

Air Pollutant 

Proportion from On-

road Motor Vehicles  Note 

Oxides of Nitrogen

(NOx) 34% 

precursor to ground-level ozone (smog), which damages

the respiratory system and injures plants 

Volatile Organic

Compounds (VOC) 34% 

precursor to ground-level ozone (smog), which damages

the respiratory system and injures plants 

Carbon Monoxide

(CO) 51% 

contributes to smog production; poisonous in high

concentrations 

Particulate Matter

(PM10) 10% 

does not include dust from paved and unpaved roads,

which are the major source of particulate matter

pollution (50% of the total) 

Carbon Dioxide

(CO2) 33%  thought to be primary contributor to global warming 

source: Federal Highway Administration Transportation Air Quality:

Selected Facts and Figures 2002 

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which was recovered and recycled, used as fuel, or exported to othercountries. The 63 million tires that were not recovered were presumablydumped, adding to the approximately 800 million tires currently stockpiledin dumps around the country. These tire dumps, classified as an "ongoing

environmental hazard" in one EPA report, are ideal breeding grounds formosquitoes and a very serious fire hazard. When a tire dump catches fire,the burning tire casings emit toxic gases and are very difficult to put outcompletely. Some tires dumps have burned for more than a year.

Effects on Wildlife 

The primary way people kill wildlife is not by hunting or trapping, but withtheir automobiles. It is estimated motor vehicles kill over a million animalsin collisions everyday in the US.

Resources 

Most of the data for this page came from two US Environmental Protection Agency reports, Indicators of the Environmental Impacts of Transportation:Highway, Rail, Aviation, and Maritime Transport and Indicators of theEnvironmental Impacts of Transportation: Updated Second Edition. Energydata came from the U.S. Dept of Energy's Transportation Energy DataBook. Information on wildlife fatalities came from an Aug. 1, 2002, article inthe Wall St. Journal, "In the Headlights: As Man and Beast Clash on

Highways, Both Sides Lose" by James P.Sterba(http://www.bikesatwork.com/carfree/automobiles-and-environment.html)