3 Big Green Technology Trends Driving The Auto Industry
The automotive industry is responsible for a lot of problems within the environment—but it’s also doing its part to lighten its carbon footprint. Green technology is becoming more common in the industry, in ways that benefit both the environment and the consumer. You might not even know about some of the advances in eco-friendly auto technology, but you’ll want to find out before buying your next car.
Green Technology Trend #1: A Finer Level of Fuel Efficiency
Between the high cost of gas and the way it pollutes the environment, a lack of fuel efficiency has long been one of the biggest problems in the auto industry. Many of the new, greener technologies work to make cars, trucks, and even SUVs much more fuel-efficient, which is good for the world and your wallet.
A lot of new technology deals with wasteful, overworked engines. In vehicles already on the market, there are more efficient intake valves designed to cut down on the consumption of fuel. New electric vehicles can go further than ever, with some able to drive as much as 300 miles on electricity alone. General purpose sensors allow engines to run cleaner and smart technology, such as tires that alert you when they need a fill-up, allow you to make the most of your full tank.
Green Technology Trend #2: Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling
Many drivers probably have no idea that an increasing number of automakers and manufacturers recycle. When breaking down old vehicles, manufacturers use as much old material as possible. Not only do they recycle old cars for parts, thereby cutting down on the pollutants, emissions, and resources used to make new vehicles, they also use recycled materials in their new cars. The SUV you drive off the lot tomorrow might use soy padding in its doors or seats.
This is good for consumers in another way: more affordable prices. Part of the reason some drivers resist the lure of electric or hybrid automobiles is due to their cost. While becoming more eco-friendly is important, making your mortgage payment is high on your list of priorities as well. The good news is that automakers are now trying to recycle the lithium batteries that run their electric vehicles. That will bring down the cost significantly, whether you’re purchasing a brand new eco-friendly car or getting a new battery for a current model.
Green Technology Trend #3: An End to Emissions
Emissions are another big problem with vehicles that run on gas. Greenhouse gases are disastrous to the environment, which is one of the primary reasons so many automakers started experimenting with hybrid and electric cars in the first place. As a result, manufacturers are now attempting to cut down on emissions in gas-powered cars, hybrids, and EVs.
For example, Ford introduced stop-start technology that causes the engine to stop when you’re at rest, such as at a red light. This not only saves gas but cuts down on emissions as well. Those lithium batteries also save energy and decrease emissions, while certain types of smart technology communicate directly with your car’s engine to come up with more effective routes.
Becoming a green driver is actually financially efficient as well environmentally friendly. Have you made the leap to green driving yet?