Emerging Alternative Fuels in the Automotive Industry

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These days, with all of the technological advancements in the energy sector and the automotive industry, it’s becoming less and like likely that we’ll have to rely on gasoline in the future. There are a multitude of great alternative fuels that are slowly coming into their own in the industry, each with their own specific pros and cons. While none of them have usurped gas as the leader of automotive fuel just yet, you can bet your automotive technician that there’s a good chance they will within the next 20 years or so. If you’re thinking of getting into the automotive industry, you should be aware of some of the most common examples of alternative fuel sources, because chances are, they’re the future. A large majority of mechanic colleges are already integrating these into their curriculums.

Electricity

Probably the most well-known of all of the alternative fuel sources that are on the market today, electricity is becoming increasingly popular these days. While it started as a kind of expensive, gimmicky technology that was fairly unreliable and would make your automotive mechanic chuckle under his breath, it’s since come into its own as a reliable, clean and efficient source of energy for automobiles. From entry level cars like the Mitsubishi iMiEv, to more luxury style models like Tesla’s range of high-end electric cars, there’s no shortage of options. These days, you can find a great electric car that gets around 120-150km on a full charge for under $35,000.

Bio Diesel

Bio Diesel

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Bio diesel has become extremely popular in niche circles in the last decade, as people realize that converting regular diesel engines to run on cheaper, cleaner and more efficient things like cooking oil is not only possible, it’s fairly easy. Most diesel engines can be converted to a biodiesel engine in no time at all, at home, with a few quick fixes. There are a large number of people who have done this and rely on excess supplies of oil from fast food restaurants or other kitchens to power their vehicle, meaning they not only get amazing mileage and clean driving, but their fuel costs are almost zero! Many mechanics are becoming trained in the process of converting diesel engines, as more and more requests for the conversion are being made these days.

Air

While it may seem absolutely absurd to think about it being possible, technology has afforded us the ability to manufacture vehicles that run on compressed air. The expansion of the air allows it to drive the pistons in a modified piston engine, meaning air is delivered through a specialized injection system and then powers the car, with the only exhaust being chilled air that can be used as a great form of air conditioning in the summer. While it’s not quite ready to be mass marketed, the developments are extremely promising. Check out this video of one in action!

So while gas may still sit upon the throne when it comes to the ruling fuels of the automotive industry, these great and clean alternatives are definitely nipping at its heels! Let’s hope that in the next 20 years, we’ll have made the roads a cleaner place!

Categories: ATC News, Surrey
Tags: Automotive mechanic, automotive technician, Mechanic colleges

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