Vehicle Electrification and Alternative Fuels
The way vehicles are powered is diversifying, and cars and trucks are now using options such as electricity, biofuels, natural gas and more. While gasoline and diesel remain the dominant fuels internationally and domestically, government subsidies and advances in technology have made alternative fuels more readily available to the public. Electricity, in particular, has implications for reducing carbon dioxide emissions as the production of electricity can come from clean energy sources like wind and solar.
New technologies and fuel sources are critical to managing greenhouse gas emissions and making the transportation industry more sustainable in the coming years. While fully electric vehicles remain too expensive for many people to access, the cost of these innovations is decreasing every year. Charging stations for electric vehicles are becoming more widely available in Minnesota as demand is increasing, making electric vehicle ownership more viable. Other fuel sources, such as renewable natural gas and biofuels, also offer alternatives to traditional gas and diesel fuels. These alternatives are crucial to ensuring that Minnesota’s transportation system is sustainable and accessible to all.