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Alternative fuel

a vehicular fuel that is not entirely derived from petroleum, as natural gas, hydrogen, or an alcohol mixture:
the environmental benefits of alternative fuels.
Contemporary Examples

We took it on with green building, public transit, alternative fuel and power, recycling, and other issues.
Newsom’s California Dream Matthew Dakotah October 6, 2009


a fuel other than gasoline or diesel for powering motor vehicles, often with improved energy efficiency and pollution reduction features

Electricity, natural gas, hydrogen, and fuel cells are examples of alternative fuel.


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