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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Ethanol Car Engines Work

Ethanol Cars

Vehicles that retain an internal combustion engine that is specifically designed to operate on more than one kind of fuel are referred to as dual-fuel vehicles. Informally, these vehicles are referred to as flexible-fuel vehicles or FFV. This simply means these cars or trucks have the capability to operate on alternative fuels other than gasoline; or they run off of a combined fuel such as the modern-day blended gasoline mentioned before.

Dual-fuel vehicles operate very similar to standard automobiles that use gasoline. Ethanol is injected into engines just the same as gasoline is injected into standard non-hybrid vehicles. Even though bioethanol delivers slightly less gas mileage, its eco-friendly benefits make it a viable option for drivers. For example, when ethyl fuel is burned, it produces less harmful emissions and air pollution than standard gasoline. This advantage alone makes it worthwhile. Also, ethanol generally costs less than standard fuel or gasoline; making hybrid vehicles a cheaper option in comparison to standard automobiles on the market today. The similarities between the two engines makes ethanol cars cheaper than most hybrid vehicles as well.

Ethanol Fuel

Ethanol fuel is a biofuel because it is mainly extracted from plants such as corn, potatoes, hemp, barley, grain, sugar cane, and more. Bioethanol is actually ethanol; the same kind of alcohol found in liquor, beer, and wine. It’s most commonly used as a biofuel additive to motor fuel. In fact, the majority of vehicles on the road today operate on blends of ethanol and gasoline. In most cases, 25% of common fuel is ethanol, while the other 75% is gasoline. This is the likely blend a person will get at their local gas station when they fill up their tanks. In 1976, Brazil made it legally mandatory to blend the two fuels together. When blended, they are referred to as flex-fuels.

Eco Friendly Vehicles Tricks

Keep Your Car as Long as Possible

It’s tempting to trade in your vehicle for a newer model, or buy a new ride after a great job promotion, but keeping your current vehicle for as long as you can is actually the more eco-friendly practice. Having less cars means less toxic emissions and so forth. Keep your inventory of vehicles as low as possible, for as long as you can.

Properly Dispose Old Auto Parts

Car batteries that can be recycled must be recycled properly, and those that are not must be safely disposed of. Proper disposal for other car parts is important too, including old tires, motor oil, car fluids, and more. Metal auto parts can be recycled for cash at your local scrap metal yard or junkyard. All of these practices will instantly help the environment.

Don’t Skip Scheduled Car Maintenance

Factory scheduled car maintenance is vital to the overall performance, safety, and longevity of every vehicle. And it also helps with the budget since it prevents costly breakdowns and repairs. Scheduled car maintenance includes routine fluid changes, filter replacements, brake service, tire service, battery service, alignments, and more. Proper auto care reduces toxic emissions and fuel consumption, and supports a safer, more efficient operation. All this is eco-friendly and better for the environment. Check your owners’ manual for your vehicle’s suggested service schedule, and talk to your mechanic about your car’s individual needs.

Information of Future Fuels

Bio-fuels:

The energy of bio-fuels is derived from biological carbon fixation. These fuels can be derived from biomass conversion, solid biomass, liquid fuels etc. Based on the source from which they are derived there are a variety of bio-fuels. Two popular forms are bio-diesel (alternative to diesel) and bio-ethanol (alternative to petrol).

Bio-diesel is made by extracting and purifying plant seed oil to substitute regular diesel and made available to diesel engines. The most widely recognized bio-ethanol is the fermented extracts of corn or sugarcane. The natural ethanol thus extracted acts as alternative to petrol and can run on any petrol powered vehicles.

Bio-fuels are inexhaustible energy sources, as they are extracted from plants produce. Automobile engines do not require major changes to run with bio-fuels. Since their origin is natural, they are considered sustainable and environment friendly. They help reduce dependency on import of crude petrol. They produce less emissions, thus, contribute to efforts for lowering global warming issues.

The possible disadvantages from bio-fuels are – there is an increased competition between bio-fuel crops and food crops, which is likely to result surge in food crop prices. Bio-fuel production encourages destruction of forests and other natural habitats for growing bio-fuel related crops, which will show devastative consequences on environment.

Hydrogen fuel:

Hydrogen in its gaseous form can be used as fuel to run engines. Hydrogen is the most abundant element on the earth which is colorless, non-toxic and environment friendly. The source of hydrogen fuel is natural gas and water. Natural gas contributes 80% of hydrogen fuel and the rest comes from water resources through the process of hydrolysis.

The production process of hydrogen fuel is safer and cleaner than petroleum production. Hydrogen fuel ensures future security in terms of fuel, economic stability and reduces the dependency on petrol and diesel. Hydrogen fuel produces zero emissions of pollutants which again contributes to the sustainable development of country.

Motor Oil and Hybrid Vehicle

Synthetic

Hybrid automotive experts also feel that synthetic motor oil works better in hybrid autos than typical petroleum-based products. This is because it is much thinner than the natural alternative, and many mechanics are even starting to recommend its use in regular vehicles. The only real downside to using synthetic lubricant is that it can be more expensive than petroleum-based.

When the Motor Oil Should Be Changed

Motor oil changes are not needed as frequently with hybrid cars since the engine runs less during city driving with its low speed and stop-and-go movement. However, the lubricant does still require changing, and you should always use premium products. As stated previously, be sure to use the correct weight so you will not damage the top-end of your engine. Because hybrid autos shut down and restart their engines much more often than other vehicles, choosing the right lubricant is even more important to the long-term health of the engine.

There is an oil life indicator on the dashboard of each hybrid car that displays the percentage of oil life currently left. The range runs from 0 to 100%. Most hybrid service departments will recommend that the fluid be changed when it reaches the 15% range. Though it will not harm the engine to drive the vehicle past the 15% point, it serves as a good benchmark for operating the vehicle safely without damaging the engine.

This comes in handy because the gas engine in a hybrid vehicle doesn’t run at all times, so it is hard to give a mileage reading that indicates a change is needed. Different types of driving use the engine more than others, and the monitor is conditioned to figure out all the variables to estimate a realistic life for the lubricant.