What Are Other Alternate Fuels For Cars?

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The Electric Vehicle is getting lots of press these days, now that the Holy Grail is near: a battery that can rival the almighty, gas-driven, internal combustion engine. But, you need a REALLY long plug. Just kidding, of course. So, what about other alternative fuels? Here is a status update on the main challengers…
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Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs)

NEVs are vehicles that operate on an electric fuel cell within an enclosed area like a private community, university or on campuses with speed limits under 25 mph. So, basically, we’re talking glorified golf carts here…
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LPG and CNG Conversions

These are conversion ‘kits’ that turn gas-driven vehicles into LPG or CNG burning cars. Considering the cost, the main question has always been: Why?
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Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)

LPG, better known as Propane, has been challenging the gasoline industry for decades and millions of low performance vehicles have been “upfitted” to benefit from its lower costs and wide availability. The main problem is getting heavier use vehicles to perform more efficiently. But, just try telling that to Hank Hill…
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Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

The main drawback to LNG is the conversion from gas to liquid, requiring specialty cooling and containment infrastructure. But, there are a rising number of vehicles using this technology, particularly in public transit. The main barrier so far is the misperception that “natural” gas is like Methane, which essentially smells like a cow farting. Not exactly what you want to sniff on a bus…
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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

What many experts consider to be the gasoline of the future, Hydrogen is the most most plentiful element in the universe. The trick will be converting it to a liquid state safely. What most energy companies don’t want us to know, however, is that the technology already exists. It’s called water…
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Ethanol (E85) Flexible Fuel Vehicles

Ethanol is a gasoline additive with a potential for replacing gas in the future, if its production costs can be lowered and its properties made more efficient in colder weather. Its main ingredient is corn but the real kicker is that Ethanol vehicles will be greased up with butter and the gas tank can be eaten in famine conditions, after the Zombie Apocalypse comes down…
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Electric Vehicles (EVs)

Electric Vehicles have been around since the demise of the horse, more than a century ago. But it’s only recently that battery capacity and range have made them a viable alternative to gas vehicles. EV refill stations are popping up everywhere, making a cross-country drive a reality. Plus, they’re a great place to plug in a boombox. Those D-Cell batteries can get REALLY expensive you know…
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Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)

CNG is the most prevalent form of alternative fuel recognized by the public, as up to 20% of street legal vehicles are using its liquid form and the infrastructure for refueling is growing rapidly. It’s been a cheaper alternative, except for recent months, when the price of gasoline has actually lowered beyond CNG’s average cost of around $2 a gallon. Suckers!
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Biodiesel

Biodiesel is produced from renewable resources, such as soybeans or used restaurant grease. That’s right, the gooey oil French Fries and Fish Fillets are dipped in. So, while you can expect a 20% decrease in your fuel budget by mixing it with Diesel Fuel, you can also expect to be followed around by cats and Stoners mumbling about “a sudden urge for munchies…”
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