I think by now everyone is well aware of the fact that we’re past due to begin serious research into finding which of the new alternative fuels will be the best option to replace gasoline as the major source of energy for our vehicles.
Whether it’s due to environmental factors like pollution and global warming or due to the fact gasoline is a finite resource that for all intents and purposes is shrinking with each passing day, the time has come for us to begin taking the slow and arduous steps towards finding a cheap and renewable fuel source.
Unfortunately, because all of these alternative fuels are relatively untested and still in concept phase, it seems it’s going to be pretty hard to choose which one to go with. And if you go by the results of a recent poll on GasBuddy.com, it appears that we’re pretty evenly divided between the alternative fuels we believe will ultimately power our vehicles.
When asked, “what will be the next best automobile alternative to petroleum?” here’s how nearly 16,000 people responded:
- 33% chose hydrogen fuel cells
- 21% chose biofuels
- 21% chose electric (battery)
- 17% chose unknown/no opinion
- 2% chose compressed natural gas
- 2% chose liquefied natural gas
- 1% chose liquefied petroleum gas
As you can see, not are there a lot of possible options, but we’re pretty well divided between those options. Each alternative fuel has its pros and cons, but it unfortunately it appears that it’s the lack of definitive information that’s making it difficult for us to settle on “the next” fuel.
The results from the GasBuddy.com poll were pretty much in line with a similar poll I ran back in April, which asked, “which type of vehicle do you think will best help solve our environmental problems?” Not coincidentally, hydrogen fuel cell cars came in number one in my poll as well, with 41% of the responses. Plug-in hybrids (27%), electric cars (25%) and ethanol vehicles (7%) were the other responses.
Hopefully over the next couple of years, the world’s major oil companies will reduce their dividends and share buyback programs and start pumping money into alternative fuels. Maybe that way we’ll know which direction we’re going before it’s too late.