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Green Vehicles

The desire to lessen environmental impacts and reduce oil dependence is spurring interest in alternative fuels and green technologies. Below, you can learn more about different green vehicles and the alternative fuels and technologies that power them.
Hybrids

Hybrids use two or more power systems, such as a gasoline engine and an electric drive motor, to provide more efficient propulsion.
Electric Cars

Electric cars use one or more electric drive motors, powered by batteries, for zero-emission motoring. Electric cars are recharged by plugging into the grid.
Ethanol

Ethanol is an alcohol-based alternative fuel made from biomass. As a popular alternative fuel, ethanol is typically used in the form of E85 to power flex fuel cars outfitted specifically to run on this blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.
 
Hydrogen Cars & Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Hydrogen cars are among the cleanest cars on the road, emitting oxygen and water vapor only. Hydrogen is the cleanest burning of all liquid and gaseous alternative fuels.
Natural Gas

Natural gas is a clean-burning alternative fossil fuel that can easily power internal combustion engine vehicles. The domestic abundance of natural gas makes it a highly attractive alternative fuel option.
Plug In Hybrids

Plug in hybrids get high MPG, cover many miles on battery power alone, and include a gasoline engine to provide greater range as needed. Plug in hybrids are mostly recharged from the grid, but some plug-in hybrid models can generate electricity when using.
Biodiesel

As a leading alternative fuel, biodiesel can be made from various sources including soybeans and biomass. Biodiesel can be used in most diesel powered cars without modification.
Air Powered Cars

Air powered cars are relatively new to the green car scene. Compressed air is currently being explored as a viable 'alternative fuel' to efficiently power car engines with little or no environmental impact.
Tax Credits and Deductions

If you are considering a hybrid or bought one after 2005, keep in mind you will get a federal tax credit for up to $3,400, and if you bought one before 2005 a tax deduction of up to $2,000. Find out what you qualify for and make sure to check with your state and employer to see what perks you can expect to receive for making a green choice. Click on the link below for more information.
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/tax_hybrid.shtml
Fuel Savings Calculator

Improved fuel economy saves you money every time you fill up! Click the link below to calculate fuel costs and compare savings.
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/savemoney.shtml
Ways to Increase Fuel Efficiency

Here are some tips to help you reduce the amount of gas you use. If you are already following these tips, you are probably getting the best gas mileage your car can deliver.

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