Technology is changing. What car of fuel technology should you consider?

New car models are being introduced to the market at a rapid pace and as the interest in hybrid/electric technology increases, so does the options.

With petrol prices expected to increase by 75 per cent over the next 10 years’, many consumers are now questioning what vehicle to get, whether to steer away from the traditional petrol motor, and if this is the case, what technology to consider in their purchase.

The options

Hybrid

Hybrid vehicles combine a petrol motor with an electric motor that is charged whenever you brake.

The energy produced from braking is converted into electricity, in a large battery which normally sits under the back seat or under the boot. Hybrids also have a ‘top up’ button: when taking your foot off the accelerator, press the ‘regen’ button and you increase the battery charge.

Most major car manufacturers are now producing hybrid vehicles with Toyota leading the way with 21 years of hybrid production and over 12 million sold.

Fuel Cell

Fuel cells are similar to electric vehicles in the sense that the only use electric motors. However, energy is stored differently in a fuel cell vehicle and instead of charging a battery, they store hydrogen gas in a tank.

The fuel cell combines hydrogen with oxygen from the air to produce electricity for its battery. There is no smog-forming or climate-changing pollution from the tailpipe – the only by-product is water.

Electric Vehicle

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are all plug-ins. The ‘fuel’ is cheap; free from a home solar system or equivalent to $0.30 per litre from NRMA E-pump sites.

However, the initial cost to getting an EV is not cheap. The world’s cheapest EV car, the Nissan Leaf (a small four-seater) is $40,000 with the simila-sized, more luxurious BMW i3 selling at $64,000.

Source: Echo Net Daily – As petrol prices rise what car or fuel technology should I buy?

8 Jan 2019