More and more individuals are opting for fuel-efficient cars these days, thanks to increasing fuel prices. Fuel-efficient cars use the same amount of fuel to travel longer distances, and so, are economical. However, they do much more than just reduce consumer costs. These cars give back much more to the environment than you think. Accordingly, here are some of the benefits of fuel-efficient cars for the environment.
One of the major side effects cities with lots of cars face is the smog released by the car exhausts. This smog would take hours to clear and can literally reduce visibility to zero on the roads. It would also contribute to dust and smoke pollution on a large scale. Fuel-efficient cars burn less fuel, thereby emit fewer substances that contribute to smog buildup.
Fuel aka Energy efficient cars use less fuel to travel, thereby contributing less to the greenhouse gases in terms of emitting effluents. Research is also underway to develop alternatives to fuel that can allow the vehicle to travel longer on the same amount of fuel, and power itself using greener methods. This would reduce emissions further and protect the environment from these harmful chemicals.
By contributing less to the greenhouse gases (like CO2), fuel-efficient cars can reduce global warming to an extent. This in turn would reduce the adverse climatic changes experienced on the earth. For instance, fuel-efficient hybrid cars can reduce carbon emissions by nearly half that of other cars.
Reduced Demand for Oil Exploration
The sudden spike in the purchase of fuel-efficient cars would reduce the demand for cars that run on diesel fuel or gasoline. This would have direct and indirect effects on the economy as such. While the reduced demand for gasoline and diesel fuel would prevent countries from buying these commodities from other countries that produce them (the money can be utilized for other purposes within the buying country), the demand for oil exploration would also stop to an extent. For instance, the reduced demand for gasoline and diesel fuel would stop countries from exploring and drilling other locations as their fuel resources empty out.