Chapter 18 – Alternative Fuels and Designs

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Chapter Overview

This chapter focused on: Purpose of Alternatives; Gasoline Gallon Equivalent; Biodiesel Vehicles; Flex-fuel E85 Vehicles; Natural Gas Vehicles; Propane Vehicles; Bi-Fuel Vehicles; Hydrogen Powered Vehicles; Solar Vehicles; and, Technological Issues.

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Summary

The exponential growth of technology, crude oil prices, and consumer acceptance of new technology will drive the marketplace. From E85 ethanol burning to hybrids to 100% electric vehicles, changes are being made to make personal transportation more efficient and environmentally friendly. The two alternative energy technologies with the most promise for protecting the environment are solar and hydrogen fuel cells, however they are very cost prohibitive to mass produce at this time. Continued technological advancements will help us work towards implementing better alternatives in the future.

Activities and Study Questions

Activities and study questions can be completed in the Auto Upkeep Workbook.

Career Paths

Research careers using the Occupational Outlook Handbook.