Green Solutions for Vehicle Power Amidst Fossil Fuel Depletion

Alternative powering source for vehicles with depletion of fossil fuel and increasing demand of environmental friendly fuels and powering sources.

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3. Sep 2023
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Green Solutions for Vehicle Power Amidst Fossil Fuel Depletion

By joshua Santiago 

 

 Fossil fuel history  of motor  Vehicles

After numerous try and failures Karl Benz,built the first Benz patented Motor Wagon in 1885-1886. Named as model 3 It was a three-wheeled automobile powered by an internal combustion engine fuelled by gasoline. However, it wasn't until the early 20th century that motor vehicles became more common as a means of transportation. The Ford Model T, introduced in 1908, played a significant role in popularizing automobiles and making them accessible to a broader segment of the population. This marked the beginning of the automobile's widespread use as a common mode of transportation.

After patenting for first compression ignition engine in 1892, German machnical engineer and inventer Rudolf Diesal sucessfully created the first diesel prototype engine in 1897.

Its been more than century fossil fuel has used as powering motor vehicles with increasing demand

fossil fuels are still the most prominent powering source in earth. as a highly practical energy source  its used in every aspects including  transportation ,and all other industrial requirements. having sources of fossil fuel  still most powerful ,social-economical and political factor Although it is not environmental friendly The exact number of years fossil fuels will last depends on consumption rates, technological advancements, and other factors. However, estimates suggest several decades to a century.

As we approach the  array of depletion of fossil fuels, it's important to transition to renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and hydroelectric power to ensure a sustainable future.
This transition involves investing in clean energy technologies, improving energy efficiency, and adopting more environmentally friendly practices. To make the world free from all the vehicle  with internal  combustion engines within few decades As the availability of fossil fuels becomes more limited and the need for more sustainable transportation options grows, there are several alternative powering options for vehicles although  not all of them are 100% greener but alternative to fossil fuels 


Electric Vehicles (EVs): 
EVs are powered by electricity stored in batteries. They produce zero tailpipe emissions and can be charged from various sources, including conventional power grids and renewable energy sources like solar and wind.

Hybrid Vehicles: 
Hybrid vehicles combine an internal combustion engine with an electric motor and battery. They can operate on gasoline or electric power alone, or in combination, optimizing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.

Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs): 
PHEVs are similar to hybrid vehicles but have larger batteries that can be charged through an external power source. They offer both electric-only operation for short trips and gasoline-powered range extension for longer journeys.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles: 
These vehicles use hydrogen gas to produce electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen, generating power for an electric motor. They emit only water vapor and have fast refueling times, but hydrogen infrastructure is limited.

Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs): 
Natural gas, in compressed or liquefied form, can be used as an alternative to gasoline or diesel. It produces fewer emissions than conventional fuels, though it is not entirely emissions-free.
Biofuel Vehicles: 
Biofuels are made from renewable resources like plant materials and algae. They can be blended with gasoline or diesel or used in dedicated biofuel vehicles. However, concerns exist about the impact on food production and land use. 

LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) Vehicles: 
LPG is a byproduct of natural gas processing and oil refining. It burns more cleanly than gasoline or diesel, emitting fewer greenhouse gases and pollutants.

Synthetic Fuels: 
Also known as e-fuels or power-to-liquid fuels, these are produced by using renewable electricity to generate hydrogen, which is then combined with carbon dioxide to create synthetic hydrocarbons. They can be used in existing combustion engines.

Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS): 
This technology captures and stores energy normally lost during braking. The stored energy can then be used to assist the vehicle during acceleration.

Solar-Powered Vehicles:
Solar panels can be integrated into vehicles to harness energy from the sun. While they may not provide all the power needed for driving, they can contribute to charging auxiliary systems and increasing overall efficiency.
These alternative powering options address the challenge of limited fossil fuels by reducing reliance on non-renewable resources and minimizing emissions. However, each option comes with its own set of advantages, challenges, and infrastructure requirements, which will influence their adoption and integration into the transportation landscape.