Alternative fuel energy for vehicles can be achieved in a variety of ways. Some examples are battery-powered electric motor vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell cars, which run just on liquefied hydrogen gas stored in special tanks and have to be kept at a constant temperature.
There are also the hybrid vehicles which use a combination of the traditional internal combustion engine with its primary fuel source – gasoline or diesel, combined with another source to produce energy.
Presently the most common hybrid production car technology uses gasoline-electric hybrids to produce the required torque and power. These hybrid engines use less traditional fuel because of this dual source energy producer, having also less impact on exhaust emissions.
Unfortunately, they are still unaffordable for people’s budget, especially when comparing the same production model, one being a hybrid, while the other is based on petroleum spirit fuels.
Total petroleum-free engines which are in existence but are still not efficient enough as long-distance tourers in some cases, these problematic factors are being addressed by mechanical engineers with updated and improved versions, like all existing technologies. Again, the fact remains they are prohibitively expensive to buy when compared to other options. Combine this with the associated problems facing these vehicles’ owners, if they were to buy right now in topping up their energy source. Typical examples are:
- “Where will they find hydrogen gas stations?” or …..
- “Where can they plug and charge their vehicle?”
The good news is that we already have an alternative way of using our current internal combustion engine, by converting it to a hybrid engine, the typical work of mechanical and physical engineers. It is much more efficient and cost-effective than purchasing a new hybrid vehicle, which most likely is going to depreciate in its market value faster than other new vehicles.
This usually occurs because the technology is always developing further, making the previous system obsolete. This requires some mechanical engineering skills, so when needed, ask a pro to take on the job.
Another important consideration, leaving the ‘electrical’ and ‘hydrogen only’ routes out (because of the scarcity problem of recharging/refueling stations), current hybrid engines still use our typical fuels — gasoline or diesel.
So why buy a new vehicle when you can do a professional job yourself, or pay some specialist for an HHO fuel generator installation?
The technology is there, the emissions are reduced drastically, often times beating newer hybrid cars which use electrical energy as their secondary source. The reason for this is simple. All engines, especially the older engines are not fuel-efficient devices! Even the latest production engines face this problem as I am about to prove to you here right now.
The proof starts with a simple question: “Why are oxygen sensors fitted to all new vehicles?”
Oxygen sensors are there to monitor and give feedback to the PCM (Powertrain Controlled Module) or known in Europe as the ECU (Electronic Controlled Unit). These sensors monitor the amount of oxygen in the exhaust pathway, if too much is detected, the PCM will lean out the fuel flow. This is how less unburnt fuel exits the tailpipe and into the atmosphere from modern engines!
Granted, mechanical tolerances and materials have improved nearly beyond recognition compared to 20-30-year-old engine technology, but the fact remains that even with EFI (electronic fuel injection) and distributor-less systems which are all achieved electronically and electrically through the PCM, there are still such fuel inefficiencies.
This is where our second fuel source, hydrogen on demand enters our equation. It is VERY important to understand that hydrogen is not totally replacing the primary fuel source, but is added with the fuel mixture to aid the combustion process, effectively burning all the fuel in the combustion chambers. This increases the engine’s power as the fuel’s full potential is being released in the cylinders.
That amount of fuel is still wasted once it enters the chambers and eventually exits through the tailpipe, so it only makes more economic sense to use its full potential energy, giving more power in the process and leading to use less energy for the same work, once the initial required momentum energy is achieved.