Alternative fuels are derived from resources other than petroleum. Some are produced domestically, reducing our dependence on imported oil, and some are derived from renewable sources. Often, they produce less pollution than gasoline or diesel.
To promote alternative fuels, the Federal government offers tax incentives to consumers purchasing qualifying alternative fuel vehicles.
Hybrid vehicles are by far the most abundant alternative vehicle currently available in the United States. These cars run both off alternative fuels and or electric power. These cars still use gas but do not emit as much Co2 as your typical gas car. These Vehicles are designed to use gas when it is needed and electricity when the need for gas is low. They are extremely great on mileage and run for a fairly low price. Check out the fallowing links for more info on Hybrid vehicles.
Electric powered vehicles are becoming more available in the United States and cost is drastically being reduced. These all electric vehicles are great not only for the environment but for any customer who wishes to make a long lasting investment. These vehicles in the long run cost little to no money to power and are virtually maintenance free. Check out links for more info and some available and upcoming cars.
Biodiesel is a renewable fuel derived from various organic feedstock’s including vegetable oils and animal fats, for use in compression ignition (diesel) engines. Many diesel engines can run off of vegetable oil from your local fast food restaurant but it is to get your diesel engine equipped with a conversion kit to process fuel smoothly and efficiently.
Ethanol is similar to biodiesel in the sense that it uses corn alcohol to fuel up and power a vehicle. Most cars on the road today in the U.S. can run on ethanol blended gasoline. See links for more info on ethanol and its environmental benefits.
Natural Gas cars are a great alternative to gas’s from the oil companies and cost half the price to fill up. Not many car dealers sell these cars of the lot, but the can be special ordered in California and New York. More info and articles about natural gas power vehicles are in the links bellow.
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