Everything you need to know about alternative fuels

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Looking for a vehicle that runs on something other than gasoline? Here are some alternative fuel sources you should know about.

Gasoline has long been the common fuel standard for vehicles in the United States. However, many alternative fuel sources have gained traction, especially in recent years. Here is a look at the emerging landscape of alternative fuel options.

Natural gas

Natural gas is an alternative fuel that is widely available and already quite popular with many auto manufacturers. Natural gas burns clean and emits far less carbon dioxide than gasoline, but methane emissions are higher than what is typical for gasoline engines, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Natural gas is typically inexpensive, often times a full dollar less per gallon than gasoline. Refueling stations have also become more common, which makes filling up the tank a breeze. Natural gas is one of the alternative fuels available with low barriers to entry for the average consumer.

However, if saving the ozone is your top priority, you may want to look elsewhere, due to the high levels of methane emitted.

Electricity

With nearly every major automotive company channeling large amounts of money into developing electric vehicles, the buzz behind this alternative source of energy in the media is palpable.

Giving off no emissions, providing ample power and requiring low maintenance