The idea of “going green” is just a media-hyped catchphrase to a lot of people. On the other hand some people take the term very seriously as millions are finding various ways to help better the environment. One popular method that many consumers are turning to is buying alternative fuel cars.
The notion of buying an alternative fuel car has both its advantages and disadvantages, whether it’s cost, durability or resources. There are many factors for people to consider when deciding if an alternative fuel car is a smart personal choice. First, what exactly is an alternative fuel car?
In the most basic terms alternative fuel cars are any vehicles that don’t rely or run on gasoline or “petroleum fuel.” The majority of vehicles on the road today are dependent on gasoline. What most people don’t know is that the gasoline pumped daily comes at a great cost, both from a financial and political standpoint.
Alternative fuel cars reverse this by using various “clean energy” sources in a variety of ways. Millions of light and heavy duty cars use advanced technology to take advantage of this, and many are beginning to be used by numerous organizations, including businesses, private agencies, and, most importantly, consumers and everyday people.
Alternative fuel and advanced vehicles come in a variety of makes and models and run on a number of different fuels. “Alternative fuels” are vehicle fuels that aren’t made from petroleum, and there are many different kinds. The United States Department of Energy officially recognizes a particularly large list of alternative fuels.
All of this can be a bit confusing for a first-time buyer or anyone unfamiliar with cars. Jerry Tores, head of Envirolink, a non profit organization designed to educate the public regarding alternative fuel cars, admits it’s not an easy choice for many to make.
“The information is definitely available. It’s more the task of trying to convince people that it’s an important investment not just for personal reasons but also for the environment,” Tores said.
Indeed getting the general public to even garner interest for alternative fuel cars is a task by itself. Students here on Chabot’s campus seem to possess mixed feelings about taking the steps to “go green.”
“I’d definitely like to buy one eventually,” said first-year student Anthony Reynolds, “But it’s just not an option right now. Hell, I can barely pay for my books let alone some fancy car.”
But there are also some students who hold a more optimistic view. “It something I’ve actually really been considering. I mean if it’ll save me money in the long run, why not?” said one student.
The main issue that seems to be facing consumers is price. The average alternative fuel car can be a lot more expensive than the average gasoline-run car, which can be a deciding factor for people in these tough economic times. But like in all consumer industries there are always cheaper alternatives.
People may hold different views but information is always available. There tons of websites detailing the differences between all the options, making it a bit easier to decide what is right for you.
Ask your local car dealer for information on the necessary steps to take. We all can do our part to help the environment, but can the cost of “going green” be too much of a hassle for some?