Comparing alternative fuel vehicles can be a daunting task. With hundreds of options, consisting of propane, natural gas, biodiesel, electric, hybrid, and ethanol flex-fuel alternatives, it can be difficult to know which variant will best serve your needs, offering the best reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the price you’re willing to pay.
The Department of Energy’s Clean Cities 2015 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide is now available, free of charge, to help individual consumers and fleet owners make better informed purchasing decisions. This nonbiased survey provides an accurate summary of the model year 2015 light-duty alternative fuel vehicles available for purchase.
With a breakdown of the following components, this resource serves as a handy tool for fair comparisons:
- Fuel economy
- Energy impact score (barrels petroleum/year)
- All-electric range (miles)
- Engine and/or battery size
- Manufacturer suggested retail price
The buyer’s guide also details certified companies that can help convert gasoline powered vehicles into alternative fuel vehicles for consumers who do not want to purchase a new vehicle. For more information on EPA-certified conversion systems and on alternative fuel conversion more generally, click here.
For consumers who want to narrow in specifically on the electric vehicle market, the Department of Energy has also just released the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Handbook for Consumers, which details everything you need to know about buying the right vehicle, driving and maintaining an electric vehicle, charging the vehicle, and the overall benefits to going electric.
Filling up and charging in Tennessee
- There are 501 alternative fuel stations in Tennessee! To find out where you can fill up or charge your alternative fuel vehicle, check out this interactive map.
- In 2014, three new compressed natural gas (CNG) stations opened in Nashville, bringing the total to four. In Tennessee, there are a total of 11 CNG filling stations.
- The availability of ethanol flex-fuel and biodiesel fuel continues to expand state-wide. As of mid-January, 55 stations in the state offer E85 and 22 stations offer B20 or higher biodiesel blends. Of particular note, Speedway started opening new convenience stores in East Tennessee along I-75, with a majority of the stores offering E85. This expansion of ethanol flex-fuel coincides with the I-75 Green Corridor Project.
- With the support of the EPA-funded Crossroads Truck Stop Electrification (TSE) Project, ETCleanFuels is working to add new TSE charging sites to the state of Tennessee. Overall, the grant will introduce TSE to six stations in the Southeast, with the goal of increasing TSE usage in the region by 10%.
 Data in this section provided by the Tennessee Clean Fuels Advisor, 2015 Edition I, Vol. 25.