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Electric and Petroleum: Parts of the Car and Auto

Historically, drivers haven't had much choice when it came to the types of vehicles that they drive. Most cars relied on gasoline to function. Today's drivers are seeing more options available to them, however. One of these options is the electric vehicle. When purchasing a new car, drivers may consider exploring the latest technology and think about electric vehicles as an option.

Electric Cars

Electric cars are extremely environmentally friendly, as they completely eliminate the need for gasoline. As a result, they do not create emissions that harm the atmosphere. Because these vehicles run on electricity, they are equipped with batteries to store power. To run the car, as much as 80 percent of the energy in the battery is directly converted, making it much more energy-efficient than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. Unfortunately, charging the battery can be time-consuming and may take as long as eight hours. Additionally, electric cars need to be charged more frequently than a gas-powered vehicle must be refueled, which may be an issue on long road trips. While this can be an inconvenience for some drivers, however, improvements in design and efficiency are constantly being made. Today, electric vehicles are more promising than ever.

Petroleum

Petroleum is a fossil fuel that is also known as crude oil or natural gas depending on its form. It is widely used in modern vehicles, and in this form, it is called gasoline. As gasoline, or petrol in the UK, petroleum fuels internal combustion engines that power cars, trucks, and other vehicles. Because it is a fossil fuel, it is a non-renewable source of energy that ultimately cannot be sustained due to limited supply. Burning gasoline also creates harmful emissions that impact the environment.

Cars Around the World

Although the United States is near the top of the list when it comes to the number of cars in use, there are significant numbers of vehicles being driven around the world. This puts a strain on fossil fuel supplies, which are rapidly depleting. While gasoline-powered cars are still the most common, the need for alternative vehicles is well known. For that reason, the world's roads are starting to see more vehicles that run on different fuels or on less gasoline. This includes hybrid and electric vehicles.


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