Sep 18, 2008
Oil prices are plunging, hopefully back to normal but that doesn’t mean that we should stop finding alternative fuel such as this one being used in Vietnam named Gasohol.
For the record, Gasohol is a combination of Ethanol and Petrol. We can fell a sigh of relief as far as the continued downward trend of the oil price is concerned but you never know when they can go up again. We have seen LPG, Biofuel and other forms of ethanol or alternative fuel that are being introduced in the market and if we are wise, we should keep our options open.
Waiting for another unruly fuel price hike is not exactly the best position we may find ourselves in and if we value our convenience as far as transportation is concerned, then we should do what the Vietnamese people are doing as well.
PV Oil, a PetroVietnam subsidiary, announced on Monday that Gasohol E5 will be provided on a pilot basis in the districts of Dong Da and Cau Giay at VND16,500 ($1) per liter – VND500 and VND1,000 cheaper than A92 and A95 petrol respectively.
Gasohol E5, which is five percent ethanol and 95 percent gasoline, is produced by the PetroVietnam Biofuel Joint Stock Co., an affiliate of PV Oil. This fuel is cost-effective, eco-friendly and safe for engines, PV Oil says.
Aug 28, 2008
Here is a good solution that you may want to look out for if you are hesitant on changing your car with the hybrids and electrical cars that are being offered in the market today. But what if you had the choice to own an engine that can be flexible and run on any type of fuel? Well if you are asking if there is such a thing, yes there is!
It is called an Omnivorous engine, an automobile engine that Wallner and his colleagues have tailored to efficiently run on blends of gasoline, ethanol and butanol.
Now wouldn’t that be something? Imagine no longer worrying about the usual issues of rising oil prices and also finding ways to beat the issues of having to run a car on a limited basis. This can certainly be the best solution one could ever dream of.
Unlike regular automobile engines, which typically run solely on gasoline or, in rare instances, on a blend of gasoline and ethanol, the omnivorous engine would be able to run on any blend of conventional gasoline, ethanol or butanol, another organic alcohol that scientists are beginning to consider as a potential biofuel. Even more significantly, the omnivorous engine would use a suite of sensors to calibrate itself so that it burns available fuel as efficiently as possible.
Aug 26, 2008
The re-introduction of the diesel fuelled Nissan X-Trail in Japan is bound to receive some howls from the global warming groups as it has been reported that due to expected higher gas prices, this is an alternative that Nissan has offered to them. But is it?
Diesel is not that far off different from the price of leaded and unleaded gasoline. In fact, you can see from all parts of the world the diesel is being condemned due to the gas emissions that it is bound to create. While it is apparent that most people would want an alternative solution to their transport problems, it remains that this is not among those alternative that a wise transport owner may consider.
This move is expected to add more problems for the environment rather than a solution to the people. From another standpoint, one may even conclude that this new entry of Nissan vehicles may even be considered as a form of just trying to dispose excess vehicles, which hopefully will not be the case.
“Japanese people hate diesels. They think of them as being noisy, dirty and emitting black smoke,” said Koji Endo, a senior analyst at Credit Suisse Group in Tokyo. “Diesels have improved significantly, but it’s questionable whether consumers will accept them.”
Aug 23, 2008
Everyone is rejoicing these days as the crude oil prices are slowly going back down. But if you compare it to the first time that they started their upward trend, you will find that they are still way off from the affordable prices we all enjoyed back then.
The call has been to look for alternative fuel or perhaps shift to the electric powered cars. But what makes us so sure that once these efforts would still be continued as oil prices are on the decline?
For one, attention will surely be shifted on analyzing and waiting the downward trend of oil prices. But while that is something that analysts would surely love, the effort for alternative fuel and means of transportation should not be stopped. The current situation should not be a means for us to consider that everything is going back to normal.
Just as quickly as the oil prices spiked, the same can be said for the current oil price decline. It may hit us at a time we least expect it and perhaps even become worse than what we initially experienced. With that in mind, we may even find ourselves going back to square one, maybe even back to nothing as far as alternative measures are concerned.
Jul 20, 2008
The continuous increase of fuel prices is going crazy. Unlike before, 1 liter of gas could get you anywhere worthy. But these days, you will be surprised at the impact it has. It would not be surprising if you would need 1 liter of gasoline to get you out of your house gate. That is how bad it has become.
With the crude oil market continuing to skyrocket its outrageous prices, who is to blame? Many are pointing to politics while others are pointing towards the lackadaisical consumer who could care less of how to save on gas. Perhaps it has been the common thinking that anyone, as long as they have money, could burn fuel as they wish. Apparently, all that is about to come to an abrupt end and people are now acknowledging hard times ahead.
So how do we go about it? There are alternatives. We have heard of the much celebrated LPG conversion for cars which is approximately half the price of modern day fuel. But it has its fallbacks such as skin and health diseases from leaks. Besides, what makes you so sure that they will not reach the point of scarcity like normal fuel?
Then there are the natural fuel from crops such as algae and fossil fuel. But in their case, how compatible are they with the car engines of vehicles today? And again, how long would they last.
These are the questions that are going around the motorist’s mind. If you satisfy the fuel issue, how about the car maintenance issue? These are things this blog will discuss in detail and hopefully help out the motorists to continue enjoying their daily private car use.