Alternative Fuels

Over the last few years, there has been a general move to find cleaner, more energy efficient fuels to run our vehicles. Although alternative energy such as ethanol, Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) or biodiesel may not be as widespread as petrol or diesel, they are becoming more and more common, and are generally much cheaper. Not only that, but energy efficient cars and those with low emissions can also qualify for a range of discounts; they attract a lower rate of vehicle excise tax (road tax) and company car tax, and they escape the London Congestion charge.

In this section, you'll find an in depth guide to a wide variety of alternative fuels for cars; some of which are still experimental, whilst others are already being used on the roads.

Alcohol
Using ethanol, methanol, propanol and butanol in your engine ...
Biodiesel
An alternative to fossil diesel, made from waste or virgin pressed vegetable oils ...
Biofuels
Fuel derived from recently living organisms or their by-products, including biodiesel, bioethanol and biobutanol ...
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
One of the major alternative fuel sources in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India ...
Electricity
Find out about the battery electric vehicle (BEV) ...
Fuel Cells
A look at fuel cells that use petrol, methanol, hydrogen or natural gases to produce electricity to run cars ...
Hybrid Cars
Vehicles powered using fuel and a rechargeable energy storage system ...
Hydrogen
A look at the internal combustion hydrogen car ...
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
Natural gas that has been condensed into a liquid under extremely low temperatures ..
Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG)
The environmentally-friendly fuel used by the Queen, the Prime Minister and the President of the USA ...
Solar Power