Alternative Fuel: Forget about Traditional Gasoline


There is no denying the fact that traditional gasoline powered vehicles are most common in today’s day and age. However, things are beginning to change and alternative fuel vehicles are becoming more popular with each passing year.

There are many types of alternative fuels, with some having more success in powering vehicles than others. In addition to these vehicles being more affordable to operate, alternative fuel often times produces less pollution than gasoline or diesel.

Here is a list of common alternative fuels as compiled by the U.S. Department of Energy:

  • Ethanol
  • Biodiesel
  • Natural gas
  • Propane
  • Hydrogen

There are pros and cons of each type of fuel. For example, ethanol, also known as E85, is made of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. This can be used in flexible fuel vehicles, which are manufactured by some of the biggest names in the automotive industry, such as General Motors. While not the case throughout the country, ethanol is typically cheaper than gasoline.

Hybrid and Electric Cars

In addition to the alternative fuel sources mentioned above, hybrid and electric vehicles are growing in popularity. This is where most manufacturers are putting their money, knowing that this is the wave of the future.

Hybrid vehicles rely on a mix of both electric power and gasoline. Electric cars, on the other hand, are able to run solely on electricity. These cars do not require gasoline, but are instead plugged into a wall outlet for recharging.

Here is a short list of some of the most popular hybrid and electric cars on the market:

  • Toyota Prius
  • Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Honda Accord Hybrid
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Lexus RX Hybrid
  • Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

Alternative fuel vehicles continue to grow in popularity with each passing year. This is due to many factors, including the ability for drivers to save money as well as the number of automobile manufacturers dedicating resources to these vehicles.

In the years to come, alternative fuel vehicles will become more prevalent on roadways throughout the United States.


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