As you know, the car you drive says a lot about you. While you may choose a car based on several factors such as price, fuel efficiency, driver reviews, and crash test ratings, at the end of the day you want your car to look cool. Is it possible to keep the cool in your car and make some environmentally friendly changes to your ride? Thanks to modern technology this pairing may now be possible. This article will discuss some environmentally friendly options that you may want to consider pursuing for your car.
Have you driven past a compressed natural gas pump recently and noticed the astronomically low prices? Compared to the rising cost of gasoline, natural gas seems like a much more attractive fuel option. With current technology you can most likely convert your current car to compressed-natural-gas (CNG), thus offering you the benefits of natural gas, without having to sacrifice your personal style.
While converting your vehicle to CNG has many obvious benefits, you should take the following points into consideration as well:
Converting your car to CNG is expensive. According to Popular Mechanics, the initial conversion cost can range from $6,500 to $12,000. While the cost of fuel will go down afterward, the conversion will not be cheap.
Thanks to the Clean Air Act, conversion can only be completed by a certified CNG installer. If you did the installation another way, your conversion may be considered illegal and subject to a $5,000 per day fine.
Natural gas stations are sparse in many states. For example, across the state of Utah there are approximately 44 CNG stations; however, if you cross the border into Idaho there are only 2 CNG stations in the entire state.
If you are looking for a way to add a wow factor to your car that it also friendly toward the environment, consider a custom powder coating finish for your ride’s wheels. Powder coating enables you to pick one of literally thousands of colors to coat your auto wheels to make them stand out on the road. Not only does powder coating add an attractive, high quality finish to your wheels, but powder coating also increases the durability of your wheels. If you are going to add color to your wheels, you will want the added benefits that make the coating resistant to the everyday wear and tear prone to attack your wheels.
Powder coating is an environmentally friendly process, much more so than coating your wheels with liquid paint. Powder coating does not emit volatile compounds into the air during the process which makes it safer for the environment. You can learn more about the powder coating process and its effect on the environment by checking out this article.
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