Alt Fuels

 
E10 gasoline now standard, but E15 push stalled, so here comes E30

E10 gasoline now standard, but E15 push stalled, so here comes E30

Though the Environmental Protection Agency has already ruled on ethanol-blended gasoline mixtures for 2018, that hasn't stopped ethanol advocates from pushing for a higher 30-percent blend for non-flex-fuel vehicles. The latest call for ethanol comes from corn-state ethanol refiners, farmers, and... read more

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2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, 2016 Toyota Mirai at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA

Which alternative fuels will survive long-term? Take our Twitter poll

You just don't hear the phrase "alternative fuels" as much as you did, say, 10 years ago. With a couple of million plug-in electric cars now on the world's roads, the idea of... read more December 5, 2017 by


 
2008 Honda Civic GX, photographed by owner Duncan Chalmers, Seattle

When fueling stations shut down for your natural-gas car: one reader's experience

Let's say you buy the greenest car you can, one that uses a different kind of fuel, and drive it happily for several years. What happens when the supply of your fuel suddenly... read more December 4, 2017 by


 
World's first electric-plane aerotow with Siemens SPD260-powered Extra 330LE, © Jean-Marie Urlacher

Are electric airplanes actually a real thing?

With electrification spreading through many types of transport, one vehicle still remains largely absent in using electrons for propulsion: aircraft. Automakers have been... read more November 28, 2017 by


 
Tesla South Australia lithium-ion battery storage

Tesla builds world's largest lithium-ion battery, for utility use, in Australia

Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a bet that he'd build the world's largest lithium-ion battery in Australia in 100 days. If his company failed, Musk would personally pay for the... read more November 24, 2017 by


 
Dutch "Hesla," a hydrogen fuel cell-powered Tesla Model S

A Tesla Model S that runs on hydrogen fuel cells? Dutch firm claims it built one

Tesla has never built anything but battery-electric cars. Now a Dutch gasoline company believes it's improved upon the Silicon Valley automaker's design with a hydrogen fuel... read more November 10, 2017 by


 
Stella Vie Dutch solar car winner in World Solar Challenge

Stella Vie 'family sedan' wins long-distance solar car race

Earlier this month, the 30th World Solar Challenge kicked off in Darwin, Australia, with 42 competitors vying for victory. At the end of the 3,022-kilometer (1,880-mile) race... read more October 29, 2017 by


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Proposed ethanol cuts bring EPA up against Iowa's powerful politician

Following years of debate, the EPA said earlier this month it will study the possibilities of cutting the amount of ethanol in the United States' gasoline supply. Since 2007... read more October 19, 2017 by


 
World Solar Challenge 2017

Solar-powered car race kicks off 30 years of World Solar Challenge

Although a car powered solely by solar power is far from reality, the 30th anniversary of the World Solar Challenge showcased just how far the technology has come. World... read more October 9, 2017 by


 
FlexFuel badge on E85-capable 2009 Chevrolet HHR

EPA to study cutting amount of ethanol in U.S. gasoline

Since 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard has required increasing levels of ethanol in gasoline blends sold in the U.S. Most fuel stations across the United States no longer... read more October 5, 2017 by


 
2017 Audi A5 Sportback g-tron (European model), driven, Aug 2017  [photo: Ronan Glon]

Audi A5 Sportback g-tron: first drive of natural-gas luxury sport sedan

Audi’s vision of future mobility primarily centers around an array of long-range electric cars scheduled to debut in the coming years under the "e-tron" badge. These... read more August 25, 2017 by


 
Colas Wattway road-mounted solar panels

California's solar energy grid survived the eclipse without incident

Solar power provides 10 percent of California's energy supply, which meant electric-grid operators had to be prepared for potentially disastrous effects during Monday's solar... read more August 23, 2017 by


 
UPS natural gas fueling station

RIP natural-gas cars, doomed by cheap gas and electric cars

Natural gas vehicles were first promoted starting in about 2000 as a way to reduce reliance on imported oil and cut tailpipe emissions. Their promise appeared to grow near... read more August 17, 2017 by


 
Felix Kramer and his fleet: Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Plug in Prius

Green Car Glossary: vehicles, emissions, fuels, electric cars, powertrains energy (updated)

As rules to boost fuel economy and lower carbon emissions in vehicles around the world continue to stiffen, acronyms like EREV, CNG, and MPGe are becoming more and more... read more July 24, 2017 by


 
Celtic Renewables biobutanol whiskey fuel

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... read more July 21, 2017 by


 
Offshore wind farm

From coal miner to wind-farm worker: Wyoming retraining program

President Donald Trump has announced his intention to pull the United States from the Paris Climate Pact, but private companies and other entities are taking on the challenge... read more June 2, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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