Alternative Fuels

Biodiesel is a domestically produced, renewable option to petroleum-based diesel that can be manufactured from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant grease. Biodiesel is a liquid fuel often referred to as B100 or neat biodiesel in its pure, unblended form. Like petroleum diesel, biodiesel is used to fuel compression-ignition engines. Learn More
Fleets can easily implement more efficient driving and maintenance strategies and technologies as a way to reduce dependence on petroleum. Effective efficiency strategies and technologies include: hybrids, vehicle maintenance, idle reduction, right-sizing, and improved driving behavior. Learn More
Electricity can be used to power all electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. These vehicles can draw electricity directly from the grid and store it in batteries. Learn More
Made from plant materials, Ethanol is a domestically produced renewable alternative fuel that can be used to offset gasoline and diesel consumption. Ethanol is already used in 95% of U.S. gasoline stations via low-level E10 blending (10% ethanol, 90% gasoline). Ethanol is also available as E85 (or flex fuel), which can be used in flexible fuel vehicles, designed to operate on any blend of gasoline and ethanol up to 83%. Learn More
Hydrogen, when used in a fuel cell to produce electricity, is an emissions-free alternative fuel. Research and development efforts are under way to expand the hydrogen fueling infrastructure and production of fuel cell electric vehicles. Learn More
Natural gas is a domestically produced, low carbon alternative to petroleum-based fuels. This fuel is composed primarily of methane and offers great environmental, economic, and energy security benefits. Compressed natural gas, liquid natural gas, and renewable natural gas are all used as transportation fuels. Learn More
Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or autogas, is a domestically produced fuel that can replace or supplement petroleum-based fuels. Propane is stored under pressure inside a tank and is a colorless, odorless liquid. As pressure is released, the liquid propane vaporizes and turns into gas that is used in combustion. Learn More
TEP thanks and credits the Clean Fuels Ohio and Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center websites for information used on this page.