While petrol is comfortably the most common type of fuel you can use for your vehicle, it’s far from the only option. You can also pick from the least eco-friendly (diesel) option to the most eco-friendly (electric) option.
Petrol is the most common fuel for cars in the UK, with the Department of Transport reporting that there are 18.5 million licensed petrol cars. Unleaded petrol is more eco-friendly than leaded petrol because it’s mixed with bioethanol.
Diesel is the second most popular type of fuel in the UK, with over 16 million diesel cars on the road in 2018. This is despite the UK government continuing to introduce charges and bans on diesel vehicles.
Hybrid fuel combines fossil fuel (petrol or diesel) with electricity. Because they’re cleaner than fossil fuel vehicles and more powerful than most electric transportation, hybrid vehicles are growing in popularity. It’s expected there will be 9 million hybrid cars by 2030.
Electric vehicles are growing rapidly in popularity. This is for two reasons. Firstly. they’re the greenest type of vehicle you can drive. Secondly, there are more charging stations being created every year.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a combination of butane and propane that’s cheaper than both petrol and diesel. However, you need to have your vehicle converted to be able to use LPG.
Biofuels are more eco-friendly than diesel and petrol because they’re created from renewable organic matter. There are two main types of biofuel – bioethanol and biodiesel. Bioethanol is made from corn and sugarcane; biodiesel is made from animal fats and vegetable oils.