A bi-fueled vehicle is configured to run off of two different fuels. In most cases, those fuels are natural gas and gasoline, however, there are vehicles that are being configured to run on biomass fuels. These vehicles have two different fuel storage ports and installed tanks. The propulsion system of the vehicle allows it to run off of either fuel. The operator of the vehicle can switch between the two fuel sources directly from the dashboard.
The exploration and experimentation with biofuels continue. The U.S. Energy Information Administration is a great source of information about ongoing research and government initiatives regarding alternative fuels.
According to the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives…
- Alternative fuels are produced domestically and have lower emissions than gasoline and diesel.
- With their high mileage and central fueling, municipal fleets are ideally suited to alternative fuels.
- Cities across the country have reduced petroleum use by adding alternative fleet vehicles.
The Biomass Fuels business is starting to grow.
As the use of bi-fueled vehicles increases in the United States, the opportunity to create businesses that are involved with this green initiative. Farms that grow crops for biofuels will increase in number. Other sources of biomass fuels are algae and even wood.
Energy.gov has a great map that shows the distribution of all biofuel centers in the United States. The United States government is actively working with universities, and private sector companies to study and develop anything that may be considered a viable fuel source that is an alternative to oil.