The growing trend is towards eco-friendly options, not only in the home and the office, but also when it comes to your vehicle. There are many ways that you can eco-out your ride from the extreme eco-conversion to simply changing the types of bulbs or tires you purchase. The goal of being environmentally friendly when it comes to your vehicle is to reduce your impact on the planet by making your vehicle and the accessories that go with it more efficient and longer-lasting.
To start with, there are many different eco-friendly options for the simple accessories associated with owning a car. Firstly, there are many options for environmentally friendly washes and waxes for your vehicle. Additionally, you can look into switching your bulbs to more energy efficient ones so that you have to replace them less often.
Beyond the simple, eco-friendly accessories you can also eco-out your vehicles tires. Many companies are now producing tires with reduced roll resistance to improve vehicle range and fuel efficiency by up to 6%. They are able to do this by mimicking racing tires and putting less rubber against the road, which means less resistance.
Additionally, many tire producers are adding in natural oils versus petroleum where possible. Other ways you can eco-out your cars in the area of tires is to ensure that they are properly inflated at all times as well as to rotate them every few months to ensure the best fuel efficiency you can get.
You can also go as far as to convert your car to water, natural gas or electrical options in the process of eco-ing your vehicle. When you convert your vehicle, you not only help to save the environment, but you also save money in the long run when it comes to reducing gas consumption. One of the biggest trends in car conversion right now is running your car on natural gas, or CNG. Natural gas is far less expensive then gas to the tune of thousands of dollars over a few years.
Then of course, there is also the more popular and well-known concept of electric cars versus gas and yes, you can convert your gas powered vehicle to electric. Not only are electric cars 90% cleaner than gas-powered cars, but they are also much cheaper to operate. In order to convert your car to an electric one, you will need to remove the entire internal combustion engine and install an electric motor in its place along with a large bank of batteries. A light car (2000-3000 lbs) with a manual transmission is the best to convert to electric due to the fact that it is lighter.
While converting to water, natural gas or electric might be a little more costly upfront you will save thousands of dollars a year in fuel costs. However, if you aren’t quite ready to take that step, consider converting to a more eco-friendly tire, adjusting the way you drive and stepping up your accessories to eco-friendly options.