• 12Jun

    Renault Master VanThere is a pressing need to produce green vans, that is vans that are environmentally friendly, and there is currently a lot of work being done in this field. There are a number of competing technologies and right now nobody knows which is likely to be successful. However it is almost certainty that in the future we will be driving vans that are far better for the environment than are currently available.

    The most likely environmentally friendly van of the future is one that runs on a mixture of ethanol and petroleum. The goal is to have vehicles that run on a half and half mixture. Since ethanol doesn’t produce the same emissions as petroleum it will reduce the amount of carbon released into the environment. The biggest problem with this approach is getting enough ethanol. Ethanol is a biofuel and is produced from crops like corn. Given that we currently have trouble feeding all of the worlds people using food to fuel cars is not really a good solution. Especially given the massive amounts of ethanol that would be needed. In order to run every car on a mixture of half ethanol would require more crops than we currently produce in total. Ethanol is a short term way to reduce pollution but it isn’t really a long term solution, so when you’re considering a Van Lease, it’s not the best option!

    The next most likely technology to create an environmentally friendly van is the the electric motor. The plan here is to create a van that can be plugged in to charge it and that also contains a small gas generator as a supplement. The problem here is that we are a long way from producing batteries for electric cars that have a long enough life to be practical. The gas generator is a solution to this problem but nor an ideal one. The other problem with electric cars is that there is no plan for where all the electricity is going to come from. We are struggling to meet our current electricity needs, replacing all of the cars on the road with electric cars would effectively double our electricity requirement.

    Most people believe the best solution will eventually be hydrogen fuel cells as a means of powering an environmentally friendly van. Although this technology is farther into the future. There are currently working fuel cells that have demonstrated that the technology works but there are still hurdles involved in putting them into large scale use. The biggest issue here is likely to be getting the hydrogen.

    Hydrogen is relatively plentiful and easy to extract but there is currently no infrastructure in place to make it available to the ordinary driver. This creates a bit of a chicken and the egg problem. Nobody is going to buy a fuel cell car unless hydrogen is readily available but nobody is going to sell hydrogen unless there are customers with fuel cell cars to buy it.

    Posted by ACF @ 3:53 pm

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