On this site we hope to keep you up to date with what is happening in all issues related to green vehicles. You will find a current list of Australia's greenest vehicles, and an introduction to green cars and environmentally friendly vehicles in general. We hope to give you advice on how you can reduce the impact of your car, truck or motorbike on the environment and give you a heads up on developments in green motors overseas, including the launch of new electric, hybrid and zero carbon emission vehicles abroad. Browse through our sections to learn more.
What Are Green Vehicles?
Green, eco-friendly, carbon neutral – these are amongst the big buzzwords of today. In all aspects of life we hear a lot about saving the environment and reducing carbon emissions, but what does that mean in relation to good, old-fashioned automobiles and their manufacture?
Basically, green vehicles are more eco – friendly versions of conventional petroleum-powered cars, buses and trucks. At the moment, green vehicles are far from perfect, but they do consume less energy in their lifetime than standard motor vehicles and cut down on the release of some of the air pollutants that are damaging our planet.
How Are They Green?
There are a number of ways in which some cars can be said to be greener than others. Some may run on renewable biofuel instead of traditional petroleum products. Other green cars benefit from improved conventional engine designs, and can run on a combination of petrol or diesel and environmentally friendly ethanol. Some green vehicles have solar panels on their roofs and get all their energy needs from the sun. Many green vehicles are run at least partially on electricity, and current green technology developments are resulting in more green cars being launched which are run solely on electric powered engines.
How Green Is A Green Vehicle?
This is the big question really, and it's one that has no simple answer. The move towards electric vehicles, hybrid cars and trucks and diesel-fuelled engines is certainly a step in the right direction, but there are other aspects of the motor industry that need to change before we have truly green motoring.
If you're looking for the perfect green vehicle, surely you also have to take into account how that vehicle is manufactured. How much energy is used producing each green car or truck and what form does that energy take? There is a certain irony in eco-friendly electric cars coming out of factories which have been churning carbon emissions into the atmosphere as part of their production. Similarly, what is the environmental impact of the materials used to make our green car? Choosing to drive hybrid vehicles rather than pollutant heavy conventional cars is admirable, but some of that ‘feel good' sensation wanes if you learn that your hybrid car is composed of shiny new metals and minerals, mined and extracted, just for you. In a perfect world, cars would be made using renewable energy and recycled materials wherever possible, but sadly, this is rarely the case.
Indeed, to have genuinely green motoring, we probably need to suppress our compulsive need to trade in our car at regular intervals. Rather than swapping a perfectly good, but slightly old vehicle or a newer, shiny one, keeping the current one running for as long as possible would be better. But maybe that is too radical an idea for would-be environmentally friendly motorists to adopt just yet!
We have a long way to go before we are driving green vehicles in every sense of the word, but at least we are finally moving in the right direction. With any luck motor manufacturers will continue to respond to consumers' demands for all things green and we will see more hybrid cars, electric trucks, low carbon emission buses and environmentally friendly motorbikes on our streets.
Keep checking back with us to stay up to date with the latest news and developments in green vehicles.