Thu 29 April 2010, The Independent

Is there a viable alternative to vehicles run on fossil fuels?

By David Wilkins
Record diesel and petrol prices of more than 120p per litre in the middle of a global recession are a stark reminder that the days of cheap fill-ups are probably gone for good. While American and European consumers may be less keen to brim their tanks than they were before, millions of new motorists in China, India and other emerging nations are eager to take up the slack. And if that alone didn't provide a big enough spur to use mainstream fuels more efficiently and develop practical alternatives, there are other pressures too. The role of CO2 emissions in climate change is only the most recent of a series of environmental objections to burning our finite supply of fossil fuels in order to satisfy motorists. Tax changes and legislation are also forcing the motor industry to do something about it.
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