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Alternative Fuels

Fuels & Technologies

Today, America imports more than half of the oil it consumes and more than two-thirds of that consumption is used for transportation. This energy consumption model is neither economically nor environmentally sustainable. 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program works with industry leaders to develop and deploy advanced transportation technologies that could achieve significant improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency and displace oil with other fuels that ultimately can be domestically produced in a clean and cost-competitive manner.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center provides a wide range of information and resources to enable the use of alternative fuels (as defined by the Energy Policy Act of 1992), in addition to other petroleum reduction options such as advanced vehicles, fuel blends, idle reduction, and fuel economy.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities initiative is the main deployment arm of DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Program and sponsors the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center site.

Alternative Fuels

Alternative fuels as defined by the Energy Policy Act of 1992 include:

Additionally, several emerging fuels are currently under development. Many of these fuels are also considered alternative fuels and may have other benefits such as reduced emissions or increased energy security.

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