As you may have noticed, gas prices are pretty much guaranteed to follow an upward trend from year to year. In the not too recent past it has made sense to weigh the benefits of how long you’d own and use a basic gas fuel engine car against the cost of a vehicle that utilized other sources of power. However, that was when there were only one or two choices available and the price tag on those cars reflected the limited supply. As more drivers become aware of the shrinking availability of crude oil as well as the amount of their budgets needed to fill a tank, they are looking to replace their aging cars with transportation that gets much better mileage per gallon, uses an alternate source of power, or both. Fortunately auto companies and independent designers are recognizing the wants and needs for new ideas and presenting the public with more options for both short and long distance travel. If you are one of those searching for a better way to get around the city or zoom down the freeway, look into one or more of these ideas for your next mode of transportation.

Probably the most accessible and familiar option while looking to make a fuel friendly vehicle purchase is to look for one the many options of high mileage gasoline powered cars now on the market. While the average fuel economy for new cars purchased 10 years ago ranged from 21 miles per gallon (mpg) for a light duty truck to 29 mpg for passenger cars, last year’s models saw an average range of 24.5 to 34 mpg for the same type of vehicles. Each year designers and manufacturers are aiming to increase the distance a tank of gas will take drivers and still maintain high safety standards. A discerning consumer can now find coupes, sedans, SUVs, and even trucks with much better mileage rankings than ever before. This is especially beneficial to families and others who need more passenger space than some of the other options described below. Simply making the choice to purchase a vehicle with better gas mileage than the one currently in use will show up in the wallet when filling up at the station doesn’t need to happen quite as often.

Another increasingly popular route to take in finding a higher efficiency vehicle is to choose a gasoline-electric hybrid type that combines gas powered engines with a nickel metal hydride rechargeable battery. Although the design may vary somewhat, these vehicles are designed to use smaller engines along with as much electric power whenever possible to boost the number of miles the car can go on one gallon of gasoline as well as reduce emissions and pollutants. When first introduced to the market only one or two models of this type of hybrid were available but there are currently at least five different base models that can be acquired. This includes SUVs which means those with higher space needs can still choose this option. It is also worth noting that the overall cost of these vehicles is now more affordable to the average shopper as more models come onto the market.  The gasoline-electric hybrid is a great option for the customer that regularly travels distances longer than 30 to 40 miles and cannot rely on battery power alone but is concerned with the source of fuel as much as the average mpg rating of the car.

For those who are looking for a way to commute more efficiently within a smaller radius on a day to day basis then the newer full electric plug in cars are a viable option when purchasing a new vehicle. While the number of models that are currently available for purchase are still limited, more will follow in the coming years. These are cars that run on battery only and can travel on average between 30 and 50 miles before needing to be plugged into a source for recharging. They also do best at speeds less than 60 miles per hour and are very well suited for slower city driving. Since they tend to be smaller in size, electric cars are also well geared for those who drive solely or with only one passenger a majority of the time. Though still a novel idea in some regions, many cities are now installing recharging stations for drivers to use during the day while parked. While most electric cars are commercially manufactured, it is not too uncommon to see originally gas powered cars and motorcycles that have been retrofitted by individuals to be battery powered. Electric conversion of a small car can be done by experts in the field or even on one’s own with the help of kits and finding the best scooter batteries possible.  There are a variety of manuals and tips found online or in print that will give more information about the parts and batteries found by clicking there that are needed for those with a hankering to try it themselves. More traditional shoppers can look for the most up to date electric vehicles at specialty dealerships.

There are also other less common non-gasoline vehicles, such as battery powered bicycles and natural gas engine cars, that could see more popularity in the coming years as prices of oil continue to rise. Innovators throughout the world are continually trying to come up with improvements on these as well as new ways to get people from point A to point B with as few non-renewable energy sources as possible while keeping costs of such transportation affordable. However, until they are ready for market, the ones that are currently available offer the money and environmentally conscious a place to find the next vehicle that meets needs, wants, and expectations.