Transportation - Alternative Fuel & Electric Vehicles
An Alternative-Fuel Vehicle (AFV) is a vehicle that runs on fuels other than gasoline or diesel. AFVs typically run on compressed natural gas, hydrogen, ethanol, vegetable oil, methanol and/or electricity.
Manufacturers are now offering passenger vehicles, vans and light trucks that run on a variety of alternative fuels. The Federal Energy Policy Act (EPAct) mandates that a certain percentage of state vehicles use alternative energy, but local municipalities are usually free to make their own purchasing decisions.
U.S. Department of Energy has a useful web site ("fuel economy.org) about fuel economy, including information on electric vehicles.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program has a network of approximately 90 volunteer coalitions, which develop public/private partnerships to promote alternative fuels and advanced vehicles, fuel blends, fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction. The Coordinator Toolbox has lots of useful tips.
The American Clean Skies Foundation was established to promote the use of natural gas for power and as fuel for vehicles. Their site has lots of information about both subjects, including details about using natural gas for municipal bus fleets, school buses and garbage trucks.