Compare Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Reader Contribution by Clean Cities Blog
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Did you know that the number of cars that can plug in is growing? There are 13 all-electric vehicle models scheduled to hit dealerships in 2014, and 10 plug-in hybrid electric models. Compare them using Clean Cities’ Light-Duty Vehicle Search.

Clean Cities offers a robust collection of tools and publications that help stakeholders deploy alternative fuels and vehicles. The Light-Duty Vehicle Search is a searchable database that allows users to easily find and compare alternative fuel vehicles.

Until recently, consumers and fleet managers looking for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) had just a few options available directly from manufacturers. Today, there are more than 17 million light-duty AFVs on the road, and a buyer’s options are numerous. For example, the 2014 model year features more than 180 AFV and hybrid electric vehicle models, including more than 85 flex fuel vehicles.

An arm of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office, Clean Cities works with thousands of stakeholders in communities across the country to reduce petroleum use in transportation. Clean Cities’ vehicle comparison site helps buyers navigate these options. It lists individual models by fuel type, manufacturer, and class. Better yet, the handy, interactive tool allows you to select multiple vehicles, across multiple model years, and review them in a side-by-side car comparison. Select one or more models and the vehicle comparison site provides key information (e.g., fuel economy, engine size, and transmission type) for each model. A quick link to the Vehicle Cost Calculator lets you estimate the total cost of ownership and emissions.

Search the database to find and compare alternative fuel vehicles and generate printable reports to aid in decision-making. These cars might not qualify for vehicle-acquisition credits under the U.S. Department of Energy’s EPAct State and Fuel Provider or Federal Fleet Management programs, so be sure to contact these programs if you have questions about eligible vehicles.