8 Alternative Fuels We Should Consider Using

Francie Grubba

Introduction

The future of transportation is here and it looks different than it once did. In the early days of the automobile, our cars ran on gasoline, which is still one of the most common fuels today. However, we’re starting to see more and more alternatives to traditional fossil fuels like ethanol and biodiesel becoming available at gas stations across America. These include natural gas, hydrogen, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquid propane gas (LPG), electricity and even biodiesel made from restaurant grease! Let’s dive into each one so you can decide which alternative fuel makes sense for your next car purchase or conversion project:

Natural gas

Natural gas is a fossil fuel that consists mostly of methane. It can be used as a fuel for vehicles, homes and industry. Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, producing fewer pollutants than coal or oil when burned for energy production.

Natural gas is produced from natural deposits deep underground through drilling techniques such as hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Because it takes millions of years for these deposits to form, they are not renewable resources; once they run out there will be no more natural gas left on Earth.

Hydrogen

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, making up about 90 percent of all matter. It’s also found on Earth and can be produced from water through electrolysis or by separating it from natural gas. Hydrogen has many benefits: it produces no carbon dioxide emissions when burned, is cleaner than other fuels and can be used as a fuel for transportation or power generation (though it’s still not widely available).

However, there are some downsides to hydrogen as well. Producing hydrogen requires electricity–and if you’re using renewable sources like solar panels or wind turbines to generate that electricity then your emissions would actually go down compared to using traditional fossil fuels like gasoline or diesel! But if your source was coal-fired power plants then this would not be true at all–in fact your overall CO2 emissions could increase significantly if you switched over entirely since coal plants tend not only produce lots of CO2 but also large amounts of other pollutants such as nitrogen oxides which contribute further towards air quality issues such as acid rain while also contributing towards climate change by increasing levels of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere…

Ethanol

Ethanol is a biofuel made from corn, sugar cane or other crops. It can be used in its pure form or mixed with gasoline or diesel fuel.

E85 is a mixture of 85{a5ecc776959f091c949c169bc862f9277bcf9d85da7cccd96cab34960af80885} ethanol and 15{a5ecc776959f091c949c169bc862f9277bcf9d85da7cccd96cab34960af80885} gasoline. It’s commonly used in flex-fuel vehicles that can run on E10 (10{a5ecc776959f091c949c169bc862f9277bcf9d85da7cccd96cab34960af80885} ethanol), E15 (15{a5ecc776959f091c949c169bc862f9277bcf9d85da7cccd96cab34960af80885}), or regular unleaded gas. However, some older cars may be damaged if you use more than 10{a5ecc776959f091c949c169bc862f9277bcf9d85da7cccd96cab34960af80885} ethanol because they weren’t designed for it.

E10 is a mixture of 10{a5ecc776959f091c949c169bc862f9277bcf9d85da7cccd96cab34960af80885} ethanol and 90{a5ecc776959f091c949c169bc862f9277bcf9d85da7cccd96cab34960af80885} gasoline; this is what most people think of as “regular” gas today but will soon disappear from the market due to its high cost relative to regular unleaded gasoline

Biodiesel

Biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning and non-toxic fuel produced from soybean oil or animal fats. It can be used in any diesel engine without any modification to the engine. The only requirement is that you have enough oxygen in your fuel tank to allow the biodiesel to burn properly.

Biodiesel has been around for decades but only recently has it become more popular with both consumers and manufacturers due to its low cost compared to petroleum-based fuels such as gasoline or diesel fuel. In addition, there are many benefits associated with using biodiesel rather than traditional fossil fuels:

Compressed natural gas (CNG)

Compressed natural gas (CNG) is a fossil fuel, which means it’s made from organic matter that’s been compressed over millions of years. CNG is a byproduct of natural gas extraction and production, and it’s used to power vehicles all over the world–including cars, buses and trucks.

CNG vehicles are more expensive than gasoline-powered ones because they require special infrastructure such as fueling stations with compressors that compress natural gas into its liquid state before being stored in tanks at high pressures. The cost of this equipment can add up quickly if you need multiple stations throughout your city or state; however, since CNG isn’t as volatile as gasoline or diesel fuel when handled improperly (it won’t ignite if exposed to open flames), it may be worth considering if you’re looking for safer alternatives for powering your fleet operations

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is a fossil fuel, but it’s cleaner than gasoline. LPG is the liquefied form of propane and butane–the same chemicals that make up natural gas. It’s used as an alternative to gasoline in vehicles that have been converted to run on LPG.

LPG has several advantages over traditional fuels: It burns more cleanly than gasoline and diesel, producing fewer emissions such as carbon monoxide and particulate matter; it costs less than both diesel and regular unleaded gasoline; it doesn’t need additives like lead or sulfur compounds because of its high octane rating (the higher this figure is on your vehicle’s sticker, the better). However, the downside here is that all those benefits come at a price premium compared with conventional fuels–about 50{a5ecc776959f091c949c169bc862f9277bcf9d85da7cccd96cab34960af80885} more expensive per gallon!

Electricity

Electric vehicles are the most common type of alternative fuel vehicle. They use electricity from a battery to power their engines, and they can go up to 100 miles on a single charge.

These vehicles are more expensive than other types of alternative fuel vehicles, but they also have limited range. If you need to drive more than 100 miles in one day, an electric car may not be right for you.

There are lots of options for fueling our cars that we may not have considered.

There are lots of options for fueling our cars that we may not have considered. Alternative fuels include natural gas, hydrogen, ethanol and biodiesel, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and electricity. Each has its advantages and disadvantages; however all of these technologies are viable ways to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

Alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) aren’t as popular in the United States as they are in other countries such as Brazil or Japan where they make up a large percentage of new vehicle sales each year.

Conclusion

In the end, it’s up to us as consumers and citizens to decide which alternative fuels we want to use. We can’t rely on government mandates or corporate initiatives alone; it’s up to all of us as individuals who care about our environment and our future.

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