by Adrian Fletcher

It is most likely that your car is using an ethanol-gasoline fuel blend. Ethanol, produced from corn as fuel, has been hailed as a breakthrough to reducing both American’s reliance on foreign oil and dangerous greenhouse gas emissions. This is a moot point as many people claim that growing tonnes of crops to produce a fuel that is no better than gasoline is a cul-de-sac solution. For instance, Ethanol has been used by cars to run without optimization for quite a while without significant changes in fuel prices or greenhouse emissions. A newer contender is hydrogen gas in cars for improved fuel economy.

Using hydrogen gas in cars has numerous advantages over ethanol and gasoline. It’s a much cleaner-burning fuel which leaves no carbon footprint, since the only emission is water vapor, which consists mainly of nitrogen, an element that accounts for more than 75% of the air we breathe. Hydrogen fuel also gives us about two-thirds better fuel economy at roughly half the cost.

The lack of available hydrogen fueling stations and the complications of on-board fuel generation are the two biggest problems facing advocates of this new solution to our fuel needs. Hydrogen-powered vehicles will never be commercially available until it is easy to buy hydrogen fuel at a location convenient to you.

The process of producing great quantities of hydrogen fuel on board a vehicle to burn instead of gasoline still faces technological limitations, compromising widespread use of this technology on the road. A few automobile manufacturers planning to manufacture fully hydrogen-powered vehicles are also planning to produce home hydrogen gas fueling stations. This will not only allow you to fuel your car but also generate power for your dwelling, giving you a big cost reduction in energy expenditure and help in environmental protection.

Converting your gasoline-powered vehicle to a hydrogen fuel hybrid will not only reduce your vehicle’s emission but will also greatly increase your fuel economy, and there are various methods available which you can use to accomplish this conversion. One such kit helps with gas savings by taking the electricity that is produced by your vehicle and adding small amounts of hydrogen fuel. These kits can only produce small amounts. The prices for these items can cost roughly a couple hundred dollars for easy to find parts you put together yourself to full scale equipment that cost several thousands of dollars and require professional installation.

Large-scale commercial production of hydrogen fuel shows signs of expanding, and it will likely become more widely available. This will allow us to begin seeing innovative new methods of using hydrogen gas to fuel vehicles. some prototypes exist in the major car manufacturers research facilities, but they are purely research cases. No commercial prospects yet exist. Until that day, backyard mechanics and car enthusiasts can experiment with putting together their own version of a hydrogen gas hybrid using a few easy-to-find parts and water. You can find instructions for this so-called “water4gas” kit at various websites.

Government, energy companies and auto manufacturers starting now to focus on hydrogen fuel as an alternative fuel choice. Even backyard mechanics are looking at hydrogen fuel with the water4gas kits. With further research and better technological advances, there will be a great move to use hydrogen gas in cars.

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