If you’re in the market for a green car then it’s extremely useful to know what some of the most common terms mean. Below is a useful glossary of green car terms explained.
This is a common feature on green cars where the engine turns off when the car is at a standstill.
Diesel that has oil derived from plants.
Petrol that contains oil derived from plants
A technology that provides a way of cleaning emission from diesel engines that was developed by VW and Mercedes.
CO2 air conditioning
A form of air condition that reduces air pollution
Fuel that is injected into the cylinder for more efficiency
Displacement on demand
Cylinders are shut down when the car is cruising
Smaller engine sizes without a compromise on power
A form of biofuel
Electric vehicles (EVs)
A car that runs solely on an electric motor with zero tailpipe emissions.
Electronic power steering (EPS)
A form of power steering where the hydraulic pump is removed, cutting fuel consumption.
Cells that have no emissions at all.
Gas that is converted to liquid and then mixed with diesel.
A form of petrol engine that works like a very clean diesel engine.
A car that has a battery-powered electric motor in addition to a petrol or diesel engine.
Hydrogen fuel has zero emissions making it an ideal power source in theory.
A type of battery that’s expected to be widely used in green cars in the near future.
Liquid Petroleum Gas and Compressed Natural Gas. Both used as alternatives to standard petrol.
A type of electric motor that provides assistance to the engine but cannot power the car alone.
The black soot that’s emitted from diesel engines.
The same as a hybrid car except it can also be charged at the mains
Where the brakes charge the battery that powers the electric motor of a hybrid car
Capacitors that provide a boost to the engine over short periods.
Boosts engine power with the added benefit of cutting fuel consumption.
A way to measure the complete environmental impact of any given type of fuel.