The Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that works to encourage the use of alternative fuel vehicles with the help of local businesses, organizations, and state and federal agencies
Until December 17, 2010, DOER took applications from cities and towns interested in installing electric vehicle charging stations within their communities.
Reducing the petroleum used in light-duty vehicles has become easier with the increase in hybrid electric and flexible fuel vehicles, in addition to vehicles powered by compressed natural gas and propane. By selecting the vehicle and fuel that fits your needs, your location, and your driving range, you can help the United States achieve energy independence and reduce harmful emissions, while you improve your own bottom line. This DOE publication reviews alternative fuel vehicles available in the marketplace today.
Find information and resources to facilitate the use of alternative fuels, including a glossary (www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/glossary.html), vehicle directories, and incentives and laws, as well as details about fuel types such as electricity and hydrogen, mapping tools for alternative fueling stations (www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/fuels/stations.html), and a quarterly report (www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/price_report.html) on alternative fuel prices.
Biodiesel is a clean-burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. It is biodegradable, nontoxic, easy to use, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatic pollutants. Pure biodiesel does not contain petroleum; however, biodiesel can be blended with petroleum diesel at any level to create a biodiesel blend. Biodiesel can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines with little or no modifications.
EVs have electric motors powered by electricity stored in rechargeable battery packs. They are energy efficient and their motors produce zero emissions. Learn more about additional benefits, as well as challenges of EVs, at www.Fueleconomy.gov.
The American Coalition for Ethanol presents this informative overview of ethanol, a clean-burning, high-octane motor fuel that is produced from domestic, renewable sources, such as crops like corn. Ethanol that is blended with unleaded gasoline, such as E10 and E85, can be used as a motor fuel.
Natural gas is a fossil fuel composed mostly of methane; it is available as compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). Natural gas is considered an alternative fuel, because it is non-toxic and clean-burning. Read about the advantages and disadvantages of natural gas on this web page from www.Fueleconomy.gov; locate refueling stations in New England that serve CNG vehicles at www.mass.gov/Eoeea/docs/doer/alternative_fuels/cng_map.pdf.
A byproduct of natural gas processing and crude oil refining, propane or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is recognized as an alternative fuel because it is non-toxic, clean burning, and mostly obtained through domestic resources.
Consult this list of Frequently Asked Questions, developed by the DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA), for information on alternative fuels and vehicles from a range of sources, such as EIA data and statistic reports.
If you purchased or placed an alternative fuel vehicle into service between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2010, you may be eligible for a federal income tax credit up to $4,000.
Cars and light truck owners interested in changing their vehicle’s fuel type must follow the EPA's certification procedures to avoid tampering violations.