Alt Fuels

 
Scotland fuels car with biobutanol derived from whiskey production

Scotland fuels car with biobutanol derived from whiskey production

Electric cars may receive most of the attention within the realm of alternative propulsion methods, but liquid hydrocarbon fuels will be with us for many decades to come. The challenge then becomes how to reduce the carbon footprint of extracting, transporting, refining, and burning those fuels to... read more

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Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

E15 gasoline faces stronger headwinds as more states move to ban it

While political control in Washington has changed, the debate over a mandate to blend specific volumes of ethanol into the U.S. fuel supply has not. Since its passage in 2007... read more March 27, 2017 by


 
UPS compressed natural gas truck

UPS to spend $90 million more on natural-gas vehicles, fueling stations

Natural gas has not proven popular for vehicles bought by individual consumers, but some fleet operators continue to find it an attractive alternative to gasoline and diesel... read more March 20, 2017 by


 
Audi A5 Sportback g-tron (European spec)

Audi A5 is third model to run on natural gas, for Europe only

New natural-gas passenger cars from major carmakers have disappeared from the U.S. Natural-gas options are available for large pickup trucks and vans but only exist for cars... read more March 9, 2017 by


 
Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)

3 billion cars by 2050 would need biofuels to offset climate impact: projection

Even with aggressive promotion of battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars, hundreds of millions of internal-combustion vehicles will remain on the world's roads for... read more March 2, 2017 by


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Biofuel, fossil-fuel lobbyists join to fight electric-car incentives

As the old saying goes: the enemy of my enemy is my friend. The biofuel and fossil-fuel lobbies have argued in the past over the blending of biofuels with the general fuel... read more February 28, 2017 by


 
FlexFuel badge on E85-capable 2009 Chevrolet HHR

Sierra Club to sue EPA over failure to report on ethanol

The confirmation of Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency administrator was expected to rankle environmental groups. Pruitt is a climate-science denier who, in his... read more February 27, 2017 by


 
KLM biofuel-powered airliner (KLM)

Why liquid hydrogen may make sense for airplanes, replacing jet fuel

If you want to find a major source of transportation-related emissions, just look up. Aviation currently accounts for around 2 percent of global carbon emissions, and many... read more February 24, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Sedan

Chevy Cruze Diesel: quieter, more fuel-efficient, B20-capable

Automakers today find themselves in something of an unenviable position. Strict corporate average fuel economy rules continue to ratchet up, while President Trump... read more February 21, 2017 by


 
Bentley works, Crewe - stacks of veneer for woodwork

The original biofuel for motor vehicles: wood (and why we don't use it today)

When it comes to alternative fuels, the discussion usually centers around compressed natural gas, or biofuels like ethanol or biodiesel. But before the concept of low-carbon... read more February 3, 2017 by


 
2017 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD

GM adds B20 biodiesel capability to Chevy, GMC diesel trucks, cars

When it comes to reducing emissions, fleet operators generally have fewer options than individual buyers of passenger cars. There are fewer zero-emission vehicle options for... read more January 19, 2017 by


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Trump supported ethanol, but his team may not; is oil the reason?

As President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration draws closer, confusion still surrounds many of his possible energy policies. During the campaign, Trump indicated that he... read more December 30, 2016 by


 
Gas pump

EU cleaner-car proposals slammed for too few electric cars, too much biodiesel

A new package of laws drafted by the European Commission aims to reduce consumption of fossil fuels within the European Union. Called "Clean Energy for All Europeans," the... read more December 26, 2016 by


 
Non-ethanol gasoline pump

Is ethanol-free gasoline heading for the end of the road?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is struggling with Congress and various corporate interests over the amount of ethanol that will be blended into the U.S. fuel... read more December 5, 2016 by


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

EPA boosts required 2017 ethanol volume above expected level

Despite pressure to lower the amount of ethanol blended into the U.S. fuel supply, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has boosted its proposed ethanol volume for 2017... read more November 29, 2016 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

Bill to cap ethanol in U.S. fuel supply gains momentum

Efforts by the U.S. Congress to cap the amount of ethanol blended with the U.S. fuel supply appear to be gaining momentum. The current Renewable Fuel Standard, passed as part... read more November 23, 2016 by


 

 
 

 
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