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Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Check out our <a href="">Alternative Fuels Data Center</a> for information, maps, and tools related to all types of advanced vehicles.

Check out our Alternative Fuels Data Center for information, maps, and tools related to all types of advanced vehicles.

From electric cars and propane vehicles to natural gas-powered buses and trucks that run on biodiesel, today’s options for alternative fuel vehicles are vast. Increasing the use of alternative fuels and vehicles will help reduce consumers’ fuel costs, minimize pollution and increase the nation’s energy security.

Working with universities, private-sector companies and the National Labs, the Energy Department supports research and development of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies to provide consumers with cost-effective vehicle choices. Through the Clean Cities program, the Department helps local communities reduce their oil consumption by deploying alternative fuel vehicles and the infrastructure needed to fuel them.


EV Everywhere: Electric Vehicle Basics
Energy 101: Electric Vehicle Basics

Just as there are a variety of technologies available in conventional vehicles, plug-in electric vehicles (also known as electric cars or EVs) have different capabilities that can accommodate different drivers’ needs.  EVs’ major feature is that drivers can plug them in to charge from an off-board electric power source.

Top 9 Things You Didn’t Know about Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Denver International Airport is one of many airports across the U.S. that is turning to alternative fuel vehicles. The airport maintains 324 alternative fuel vehicles, including 210 buses, sweepers, and other vehicles that use compressed natural gas, and 114 electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. As of 2010, alternative vehicles made up 32 percent of the airport's fleet. | Photo courtesy of Dean Armstrong, NREL.

Test your alternative fuel vehicles knowledge with these little-known facts.

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EV Everywhere: Electric Vehicle Benefits
Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Plug-in electric vehicles (also known as electric cars or EVs) are connected, fun, and practical. They can reduce emissions, improve energy security, and even save you money. Because electric motors react quickly, EVs are very responsive and have very good torque. EVs are often more digitally connected than conventional vehicles, with many EV charging stations providing the option to control charging from a smartphone app.