The archipelago of the Philippines is naturally rich in renewable resources. Hydropower, geothermal power, wind power, solar power, and biomass power plants dot the country, supplying renewable energy to the nation’s electrical grid. In Metro Manila, however, there still remains the issue of smoke belching from vehicles, more specifically from operational public transportation such as jeepneys and buses. Muffler sellers in the Philippines, alongside automobile sellers, should be made aware of the environmental issues that these hazardous vehicles contribute to the growing concern of climate change throughout the world. Global warming is a holistic event happening to the world that we live in today – the country should be made to update vehicles that are allowed to operate, especially in the Metro Manila area, in order to greatly reduce the harm from dispersed carbon emissions and its adverse effects to the people’s health and lifestyle.
The growing concern to mitigate climate change has sparked a need for car companies to produce more environmentally friendly vehicles that will improve the owner’s lifestyle, as well as aid in spreading awareness, that global warming is a large concern and it needs to be taken very seriously. In recent years, car companies have taken into account the rise in the need to mitigate dispersed carbon emissions. This resulted in the development of a new breed of vehicle: the eco friendly car.
Eco friendly cars are also called green vehicles. Green vehicles are road motor vehicles that are not heavily reliant on gasoline or diesel fuel. These environmentally friendly vehicles make use of alternative fuels as a power source to make the engine run. Eco friendly car types include hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles, compressed-air vehicles, hydrogen and fuel-cell vehicles, neat ethanol vehicles, flexible-fuel vehicles, natural gas vehicles, clean diesel vehicles, while some vehicles make use of a blend of bio-diesel and ethanol fuel or gasohol. These vehicles are engineered to operate with new fuel that produces a very small amount of carbon, or in cases of electric cars, close to no carbon at all.
Environmentally friendly vehicles increased popularity in recent years. Popular car makers like Volkswagen and Toyota are among those that have successfully produced eco friendly road motor vehicles that have gone and sold well on the market. Notable eco friendly cars that have made waves in the consumer market include the BMW i3, the Nissan Leaf, the Ford C-Max Hybrid, the Honda Accord Hybrid, the Tesla Model S, the Chevrolet Volt, both the Toyota Camry and the Toyota Prius, as well as the Volkswagen Jetta TDI and the Volkswagen e-Golf.
With so many selections for eco friendly cars available in the market, Filipinos should be more adamant in switching to more eco friendly vehicles in the country. Muffler sellers in the Philippines, as well as local auto mechanics should be advocating and encouraging their customers to switch to more environmentally friendly ways which may include switching to a new vehicle.