Alternative Fuel Technologies

Alternative fuels have the potential to dramatically reshape the automotive industry. Join us in learning about hybrid vehicles, ethanol fuels, and hydrogen fuel technology.

Did You Know?

...that some hybrid vehicles have a fuel efficiency as high as 60 miles per gallon! - see the Hybrid Vehicle Comparison section for details

...that there is such a thing as a zero-emissions vehicle in production - check out the advances made in Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology!


Reinventing the Automobile

Car Taking Off into the Horizon (Clipart taken from MS Office)Over the last decade, many advances have been made in the production of alternatives to the traditional gasoline-fueled engine. These include the hybrid car, ethanol-compatible vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cells. Every one of these fuel technologies has the potential to dramatically reshape the automotive industry. Each will allow for significant improvements to a vehicle’s emissions and to its independence from fossil fuels. Nevertheless, unless consumers are willing to trust and embrace these new technologies, there is little hope for their success as a final solution to the present-day energy crisis.

Please feel free to start exploring any of these topics by following one of the links located along the top menu bar of this page. That being said, we do have a few suggestions:

  • Since the subject of alternative fuels is receiving a lot of social and political attention, you may want to take a poll that examines how society perceives these new technologies. Follow the highlighted link on the left sidebar menu to take a poll.

  • Also, if you feel like a challenge, try out one of our quizzes before you start reading by clicking on the (other) highlighted link on the left sidebar menu. Then, once you've finished, you can take the same quiz again and compare your results.

  • Finally, to get an idea of how these fuels compare in terms of energy production, please check out the highlighted energy comparison link (also located in the left sidebar menu).

Happy learning!

(As a technical note, this page is best viewed when the entrance of the scrolling banner at the top of the page is vertically lined up with the right edge of the main white section.)