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Vehicles that use alternative fuels, such as biodiesel, electricity, and natural gas, in place of oil help to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere and increase our energy security. The Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition focuses on promoting the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), as well as supporting development of the infrastructure necessary to make AFVs viable transportation options, and changing our communities for the better.
Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center
Find information and resources to facilitate the use of alternative fuels, including a glossary, vehicle directories, and incentives and laws, as well as details about fuel types such as electricity and hydrogen, mapping tools for alternative fueling stations, and a quarterly report on alternative fuel prices.
Biodiesel for Alternative Fuel Vehicles
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.
Electric Vehicles (EVs)
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.
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.
Alternative Fuels: Facts [EIA]
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.
New Energy Tax Credits for AFVs [Fueleconomy.gov]
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.
Guidelines for Alternative Fuel Conversion [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)]
Cars and light truck owners interested in changing their vehicle’s fuel type must follow the EPA's certification procedures to avoid tampering violations.