A green vehicle is a vehicle that is designed to have a reduced environmental impact, typically through the use of alternative fuels or advanced technology. Examples of green vehicles include electric cars, hybrid cars, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and biofuel-powered vehicles. These vehicles typically have lower emissions and may be more fuel efficient than traditional gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles.
This can be achieved through the use of alternative fuels (such as electric, hybrid, or hydrogen fuel cell), advanced technologies (such as regenerative braking and energy-efficient powertrains), or a combination of both. Green vehicles can help reduce emissions and dependence on fossil fuels, and can also improve air quality and public health.
This can include vehicles that run on alternative fuels, such as electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles, as well as vehicles that have been designed to be highly fuel efficient. Green vehicles may also include those that are made from environmentally friendly materials, such as recycled or biodegradable materials. This can include electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, and vehicles powered by alternative fuels such as biofuels or hydrogen. Green vehicles are designed to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency, and they are seen as a key part of the transition to a more sustainable transportation system.
Green vehicles can be powered by alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies, and they include hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles, compressed-air vehicles, hydrogen and fuel-cell vehicles, neat ethanol vehicles, flexible-fuel vehicles, natural gas vehicles, clean diesel vehicles, and some sources also include vehicles that use biodiesel and ethanol fuel or gasohol.
An environmental analysis includes more than just operating efficiency and emissions. A life-cycle assessment considers both production and post-use. A cradle-to-cradle design is more important than a single factor like energy efficiency.
Green vehicles are those that run entirely or partially on alternative energy sources other than fossil fuels or that emit less carbon than gasoline or diesel. Another option is to use alternative fuel compositions in conventional fossil fuel-powered vehicles, allowing them to run on renewable energy sources in part. Personal rapid transit, a public transportation concept that provides automated, on-demand, non-stop transportation on a network of specially built guideways, is another approach.