There are well over a billion vehicles on the world’s roads, and while greener technology has seen significant growth, most vehicles are still powered by petrol-fueled internal combustion engines. Driving for a cleaner future, automakers and governments are making key commitments to zero-emission transportation. Earlier this year, for example, the UK government announced plans to end the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2035.
Though there has been significant progress in the move toward zero-emission vehicles, “new-energy” and alt-fuel vehicles such as hybrid electric/petrol only hold about 6% of the market share. Consumer education and adoption are still major gaps that need to be closed. A deeper understanding of the origins of the technologies and the differences between them will help alleviate perceived fears and embrace the technology that’s coming their way.