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Guide to alternative fuels

Covering plug-in hybrids, EVs, diesel, CNG, and more

Last updated: June 2014

As America works to reduce its dependence on foreign oil, cars that don’t require gasoline are multiplying. There are an increasing number of electric and plug-in cars, as well as improved biofuel compatibility across the board. Plus, there is a handful of fuel-cell, hydrogen, and natural-gas powered cars rolling out, primarily to fleets and in limited regions. Many alternative-fuel vehicles come with some form of tax incentive to make prices more affordable.

We’ve driven almost every alt-fuel model on the market, and most significant models coming soon, so we can steer you to which ones can work as real-world transportation and which ones are more science fiction.

The hard truth is that none of these alternative fuels are as easy and capable as gasoline, but there are some appealing options, with the right lifestyle and infrastructure.

   

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