Alternative fuel & Propulsion Technology in Automobiles

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Alternative Fuel and Propulsion Technology

An engine, fueled by petrol or diesel, drives the highest numbers of automobiles. Both fuels are known to cause air pollution and are also blamed for contributing to climate change and global warming.
In 2011 there were more than one billion vehicles in usage in the world.

  • About 34 million flexible-fuel vehicles as of October 2013, managed by Brazil with over 23 million units, the United States with almost 10 million flex-fuel cars and light duty trucks, Canada 600,000, and Sweden led by 229,400 units.
  • 17.8 million natural gas vehicles as of December 2012, led by Iran with 3.30 million, followed by Pakistan (2.79 million), Argentina (2.29 million), Brazil (1.75 million), China (1.58 million) and India (1.5 million).
  • 17.5 million LPG powered vehicles by December 2010, led by Turkey with 2.39 million, Poland (2.32 million), and South Korea (2.3 million).
  • Over 7.5 million hybrid electric vehicles have been sold worldwide as of December 2013, led by Toyota Motor Company (TMC) with more than 6 million Lexus and Toyota hybrids, followed by Honda Motor Co., Ltd. With cumulative global sales of more than 1.2 million hybrids, and Ford Motor Corporation with more than 292 thousand hybrids sold in the United States up to December 2013. The world’s best selling hybrid is the Toyota Prius, with 3 million units sold by June 2013.Global sales are led by the United States with over 3 million units sold by October
  • Brazil was built 5.7 million near-ethanol only light-vehicles since 1979, with 2.4 to 3.0 million vehicles still in use by 2003 and 1.22 million units as of December 2011.
  • Over 1 million plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) sold worldwide by the end of December 2013. Most electric vehicles in the world roads are low-speed, low-range neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs), with about 479,000 NEVs on the road by 2011. In addition, just as in China, a total of 200,000 low-speed small electric cars were sold in 2013.As of May 2014, over 500,000 highway-capable plug-in electric passenger cars and light utility vehicles have been sold worldwide.
  •  As of December 2013, plug-in car sales were led by the United States with over 170,000 units delivered since 2008, followed by Japan with over 71,000 units since 2009, China with about 38,600 units since 2011, the Netherlands with 28,673 units since 2009, France with 28,560 all-electric cars and light utility vans since 2010, and Norway with 20,486 plug-in electric vehicles since 2003. As of mid January 2014, the world’s best selling highway-capable plug-in electric car is the Nissan Leaf all-electric car, with 100,000 units sold worldwide by mid January 2014, followed by the Volt/Ampera family of plug-in hybrids, with combined sales of about 70,000 units sold by January 2014, the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid with about 48,600 units sold by December 2013, and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV family of electric car and vans, with global cumulative sales of more than 36,000 units through October 2013.

E85-fuel-pump-washington-DCE85 fuel pump for sale at a regular gasoline station in Washington, D.C.

We have other options also to avoid climate change & global warming by some alternative fuel population techniques. These are some automobiles that already using the alternative fuels, like electricity, solar energy, ammonia etc.

See Also:Thorium Car Concept: This Car Runs For 100 Years Without Refueling

The Nissan Leaf is the world’s top selling highway-capable all-electric car in history (2011), surpassed the 100,000 global sales milestone in January 2014.

Nissan-Leaf2011 Nissan Leaf electric car at the 2011 Washington Auto Show

Nuna solar powered cars, which has travelled up to 140km/h (84mph).

Trev Solar Car

Trev-solar-carTrev’s battery lasts over 250,000 kilometers.

X-15 in flight

X-15-flightCourtesy photo – Air force images

The X-15 aircraft used ammonia as one component fuel of its rocket engine.

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Saurabh Shukla

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