Alternative Fuels, Bus, Bikes

On this page, we give you an introduction to alternative fuel and we give you alternatives to alternatives fuels (a.k.a. Streetcars and Bikes!).

Next wave of Hybrid? The Plug-in Hybrid?

Hybrid Cars

A hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) is a vehicle which combines a conventional propulsion system with an on-board rechargeable energy storage system (RESS) to achieve better fuel economy than a conventional vehicle without being hampered by range from a charging unit like an electric vehicle. The different propulsion power systems may have common subsystems or components.

HEVs became widely available to the public in the 1990s with the introduction of the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius. HEVs are viewed by some automakers as a core segment of the next future automotive market. In an article for the July-August 2007 issue of THE FUTURIST magazine titled “Energy Diversity as a Business Imperative”, including plug-in hybrid vehicles. GM vice president for environment and energy Elizabeth Lowery is quoted as saying, “Today, we are embracing multiple energy sources because there is no single answer available for the mass market…”wikipedia

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Bio-Diesel

Willie Nelson on Biodiesel


Biodiesel is the name of a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. It can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines with little or no modifications. Biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.

Biodiesel is made through a chemical process called transesterification whereby the glycerin is separated from the fat or vegetable oil. The process leaves behind two products — methyl esters (the chemical name for biodiesel) and glycerin (a valuable byproduct usually sold to be used in soaps and other products).biodiesel.org

Biodiesel should not be confused with straight vegetable oil, which is untreated oil that some people use as fuel in their modified diesel cars. Biodiesel is a more standardized product that can be used in most diesel engines without any modifications. (Like conventional diesel fuel, biodiesel can only be used in diesel engines.)

Biodiesel can be used in its pure form, which is called B100 (100 percent biodiesel), or can be blended in any proportion with conventional diesel fuel. Common blends include B20 (20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent conventional diesel), and B5 (5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent conventional diesel). According to the Department of Energy, 431 fueling stations in the United States offer commercial biodiesel, although many of these locations sell only low-level blends.autos.yahoo.com

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Alternatives to Cars

MAKE: shows you how to build a bike.

Ride Share
Metro New Orleans GreenRide is completely free and helps connect commuters with carpool matches in the New Orleans Metropolitan Region.

Use the Bus or Streetcar
Commuting to work or around town, why not use a bus or the streetcar? It lowers your carbon emissions as well as leaving you free to read on your way to work.

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Bikes
Better yet…BIKE it around town! Some places, like the French Quarter or Marigny, biking makes the most sense as car parking in those places can be next to impossible. There are many benefits to bike riding, it produces zero carbon emissions, increases fitness, helps with weight loss, reduces stress, helps lower blood pressure, helps balance your mood, and increases life expectancy. When biking, be sure to wear a helmut all the time and use a light if you are biking at night.

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