Alternative Fueled Vehicle (AFV)

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What’s an Alternative Fueled Vehicle (AFV)?

Alternative fueled vehicles run on other substances that aren’t conventional diesel or petroleum gas. They can run on more than one type of fuel in some cases. Among the biggest contributors to carbon emissions is the American trucking industry. Some of the most advanced trucks currently can only sustain fuel efficiency for up to seven miles per gallon despite the development of worthy technologies such as aerodynamic technology. As a result, there is a necessity to ensure that other better ways are employed to ensure a cleaner environment. One of those ways is by the use of alternative fuels, which have both advantages and disadvantages. Some considerations are used to wage these factors. They include fuel costs, infrastructure investment, and product shelf life.

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To achieve efficiency in the use of alternative fuels in the trucking industry, various steps have had to be taken. It began with the Energy Policy Act, which was implemented in 1992. Here, alternative fuels were not only defined but also fuels such as biodiesel and natural gas were passed as part of the potential examples. However, the transition from the use of petroleum to these alternative fuels is still lagging behind as some fuels are still in primary development. Challenges encountered while converting heavy-duty truck engines to ensure compatibility with alternative fuels is also of major concern.

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