alternative fuel


: a fuel for internal combustion engines that is derived partly or wholly from a source other than petroleum and that is less damaging to the environment than traditional fuels
alternative fuel vehicles
the alternative fuel industry

Examples of alternative fuel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The United Kingdom, for instance, would reduce more emissions by funding a solar plant where land is cheap, sun plentiful, and the alternative fuel dirtier than by subsidizing solar energy at home. Rachel Glennerster, Foreign Affairs, 14 Feb. 2024 In addition to all of the specialty plates offered for purchase, there are also specific plates to accommodate qualified individuals or vehicles, such as alternative fuel plates, energy efficient plates, disability plates and deaf/hard of hearing plates. Dylan Wickman, The Arizona Republic, 9 Jan. 2024 Emails show Covanta worked to keep its push for alternative fuel subsidies off the radar of environmental justice advocates. Evan Halper, Washington Post, 29 May 2023 Attendees will learn about everything from electric cars, bikes and school buses to EV trends, alternative fuels, and home solar and battery storage. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2023 Neste’s paying attention to the hard-to-abate sectors such as aviation, where currently, even into the near future, there is not an alternative fuel that works in conventional turbine engines that can reduce carbon intensity up to 80%. Dieter Holger, WSJ, 19 July 2023 Those costs are small compared with the $1 trillion in investment the industry faces in the coming decades to decarbonize — a shift that will require engines that run on cleaner-burning fuels and new infrastructure to produce, store and transport the alternative fuels. Brendan Murray, Fortune, 12 Nov. 2023 Hydrogen has long been known as a promising source of alternative fuel, but even though hydrogen fuel itself is clean burning, nearly all of it has historically been produced by light hydrocarbons via steam reforming. Gurufocus, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2023 And the mission, as Ms. McKenzie describes it, was to develop an alternative fuel source that could power cars and trucks without releasing the greenhouse gases largely responsible for the planet’s rapid heating, and that have been particularly devastating to small island states like this one. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alternative fuel was in 1903

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“Alternative fuel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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