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In 1989, the California Air Resources Board created the Partial Zero-emissions Vehicle (PZEV) category. This was, at the time, more stringent than the federal laws concerning emissions. Unlike regular cars and other vehicles using traditional combustible engines, there are four primary technological differences that make a PZEV:
Some of the other primary types of law to zero emission vehicles on the market are:
Hydrogen fueled vehicles are being tested by numerous car companies today, but these vehicles have not yet become popular due to the scarcity of hydrogen fueling stations. Nevertheless, there are a couple of car makers out there that are testing the technology. The Honda FCX Clarity is currently being leased to drivers in California, and the famous BMW Hydrogen 7 is currently being leased to big names, such as film director Florian Henckel von Donnersmark.
There are two types of hydrogen cars: The first uses hydrogen combined with oxygen to produce electricity that powers an electric engine. The second works in the same fashion as your typical gasoline combustion engine. Both of these models produce water vapor as its byproduct.
Electric cars have been around for quite a while actually! A Scottish inventor by the name of Robert Anderson built the first electric-powered carriage in 1832. In 1897, electric taxis were showcased on the streets of New York.
The primary hurdle that car makers are facing with the electric vehicle is developing a long-lasting battery. As of now, there are a number of electric vehicles on the market, such as the famed Tesla Roadster. The average range of most electric cars is about 100 miles, with many exceeding that mile count, with a 4-hour average charging time. You can expect to dish out about $23,000 to $100,000 for an electric car.
Biodiesel is essentially produced from cooking oil and grease. With the many fast-food joints on every block, biodiesel enthusiasts are opening up shop in their own homes and saving a lot of cash.
But don't run to your kitchen and pour your leftover french fry grease into your diesel truck's fuel tank! There is a process you must go through to turn regular cooking oil into biodiesel. On top of that, you must also do some altering of the normal diesel engine due to biodiesel viscosity. Not to mention, if done wrong, you can seriously harm your engine, making it dangerous for unskilled people attempting to produce results without training and knowledge.
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