U.S. DOE Clean Cities has recently released its 2013 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide, available online at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/publications.html.
The guide includes a comprehensive list of light-duty alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles for model year 2013, and covers model-specific information on vehicle specs, manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP), fuel economy, energy impact, and emissions. The guide also includes information on each model’s energy impact scores, smog scores, and greenhouse gas emissions scores, when available.
The 2013 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide covers the following alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle types: compressed natural gas, propane, all-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, hybrid electric, ethanol flex-fuel, and biodiesel.
U.S. DOE Clean Cities’ Vehicle Buyer’s Guide provides information on model year 2013 alternative fuel vehicles, like the Chrysler 300 FWD/AWD pictured above. According to the guide, the Chrysler 300 is an ethanol flex-fuel vehicle with a smog score of 5/10 and a greenhouse gas emissions score of 6/10. Credit: Chrysler Group, LLC.
Several useful U.S. Department of Energy resources are also included in the guide. For instance, the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) provides information, data, and tools to help fleet managers and other transporČtation decision makers find ways to reduce petroleum consumption.
More specific U.S. Department of Energy resources appear below as quoted from the guide:
The Alternative Fueling Station Locator helps drivers navigate to stations that provide propane, biodiesel blends of 20% (B20) or greater, natural gas, electric charging, E85, and hydrogen.
The Vehicle Conversions page provides information on alternative fuel vehicle conversions.
The Federal and State Laws and Incentives page allows users to browse and search a database of state and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation topics.
The Vehicle Cost Calculator compares the thousands of vehicles on the market today. It also allows users to evaluate a vehicle’s emissions benefits, providing side-by-side comparisons of models that use conventional fuels, alternative fuels, and electricity.
The U.S. DOE Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Price Report helps users to stay updated on the prices of alternative fuels and how they compare to gasoline and diesel prices.