There are many different types of fuel. We are able to use many natural as well as man-made sources to power our vehicles. These days, you can drive many vehicles that use something other than gasoline. Some alternative fuels are liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, methanol, ethanol, biodiesel, electricity, and hydrogen.
Petroleum is the number one fuel source today and has been for some time. It is also known as crude oil. Petrol is usually taken to a refinery to turn it into gasoline.
Natural gas usually refers to methane gas found in coal beds. It can be found in other places also such as landfills or bogs. Natural gas goes through a lot of processing before it can be used so that all it is left with is methane.
Hydrogen fuel is a chemical reaction that produces energy. Hydrogen fuel is made by combining hydrogen and oxygen.
Straight vegetable oil can also be used as fuel. Standard engines cannot run on straight vegetable oil, but can be converted to handle filtered vegetable oil.
Ethanol is a natural gas that is found in other natural gasses, but it can also be manually produced and used as fuel. Ethanol is made from corn stalks or sugar cane.
Biodiesel is made from biomass which means that it is renewable and it does not emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It usually uses soybean or canola oil as a base, but animal fat or cooking oil can also be used.
Methanol is made from natural gas, but it can also be produced by fermenting biomass. It is preferred to make it from natural gas.
Electricity can be made from many different things. Electricity is the most used form of energy in the United States. Electric vehicles are the cleanest way to travel.