eBay recently launched a new webpage through eBay Motors entitled Green Driving that features information about various fuel efficient automobiles as well as a database of vehicles for sale.
I had the wonderful opportunity to work with them to illustrate 6 different fuel efficient automotive types: Electric, Hybrid, Diesel, Compressed Natural Gas, High Mile-Per-Gallon Gas Car and Ethanol.
The goal was to illustrate the main components of the technology or process of refinery that allowed the automotive/fuel type to stand out from the mainstream internal combustion engine.
The electric car was best illustrated as a comparison to our standard fuel vehicles to understand the advantages or disadvantages of this new automotive technology.
The above hybrid illustration is an information graphic representation of how a hybrid vehicle works. The three main components – engine, motor and battery work together at different points of acceleration and deceleration. The illustration provides a glance into which component is active at a certain point of drive time.
The direct injection diesel illustration was created as an animation to depict a four-stroke engine comparison between a gas firing cylinder and a diesel injected cylinder. View this diesel animation here by selecting the “See how diesel cars work” button on the main image.
The High Mile-Per-Gallon Gas Car depicts the numerous ways to maximize the efficiency of an existing internal combustion engine by altering certain engine features such as cylinder deactivation, turbocharging and direct injection.
The above ethanol illustration is a depiction of the standard steps to refining the ethanol – from corn or other organic field materials to ethanol used to power an internal combustion engine.
The Compressed Natural Gas illustration I felt was the most challenging to create the look of a compressed tank filled with a gaseous substance, yet it was also the most rewarding.
My personal preference of vehicle choice would be to drive electric. How could you go wrong? No fuel, no oil, no upkeep.
Check out the eBay Green Driving website to see which vehicle would best suit your lifestyle. Thanks to Brad for the overall vision of this project!