alternative fuel


Definition of 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Other provisions included alternative fuel requirements for airlines, debt forgiveness for the U.S. Postal Service, and mandates for same-day voter registration. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Senate includes $25M provision for Kennedy Center in coronavirus relief package," 25 Mar. 2020 Brainard had already issued an executive order requiring fleet vehicles to be powered by hybrid power or alternative fuel. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel's city fleet first to use technology that creates hydrogen energy 'on demand'," 17 Apr. 2020 Stumpfl recommended an alternative fuel station, for those with electric cars, for example. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Sherwin-Williams requests hotel with conference center in Valor Acres, Brecksville mayor says," 25 Feb. 2020 Airlines have worked to cut emissions by making more efficient aircraft, researching alternative fuels, and investing extensively in carbon offsets. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What Caused the Fastest New York to London Subsonic Flight Ever," 10 Feb. 2020 Within 10 years, alternative fuel spending must account for at least 15 percent of total investments in the fuel supply to help combat the growing threat of climate change, the report said. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Oil and gas firms must invest in clean energy solutions to survive: IEA," 20 Jan. 2020 Experts say cutting carbon-dioxide emissions substantially over the coming years will require that new vessels begin running on alternative fuel sources such as biofuels or hydrogen batteries. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Major Banks to Weigh Environmental Impact in New Shipping Loans," 18 June 2019 At the start of this year, Utah has begun a pilot Road Usage Charge program, coupled to an increase in registration fees for alternative fuel vehicles. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "To replace gas taxes, Oregon and Utah ask EVs to pay for road use," 3 Jan. 2020 Still, alternative fuels are in short supply today and also tend to be more expensive than traditional fuels. Lauren Zumbach,, "Airlines turn to sustainable fuels, carbon offsets, compostable cutlery to fend off environmental 'flight shame' stigma," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of alternative fuel

1903, in the meaning defined above

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26 May 2020

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“Alternative fuel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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