Want to get off gasoline? You're not alone. Vehicle owners have been clamoring for alternative fuel sources for decades, and the energy industry has started to respond. There are nearly 14,000 stations in the U.S. that offer some sort of alternative fuel, from natural gas to grid-based electricity. Some states like California offer a variety of choices while others have only a few options for car owners. Bankrate's map shows you what's available in your area. The data come from the Alternative Fuels Data Center, which is run by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Electric: All-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles run on the same grid-based electricity that powers your home. Electric vehicles are considered a green technology since they minimize the use of gasoline. However, much of the grid still draws from power plants that burn coal and natural gas.
E85: A blend of gasoline and a grain-based fuel called ethanol. Ethanol can be made from a number of sources, including wheat, sorghum, barley and potatoes. But in the U.S., it mostly comes from corn. One of the benefits of E85 is that it lowers vehicle emissions.
Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG): A fuel source for about 350,000 light- and medium-duty vehicles in the U.S. Also known as propane, this fuel is a mixture of several gases.
Biodiesel (BD): All vehicles with diesel engines can run on pure biodiesel. However, it's usually sold as an additive in other fuels with concentrations of 2 percent to 20 percent. Biodiesel is a renewable fuel that's made domestically from vegetable oil, animal fats or recycled restaurant grease.
Liquefied natural gas (LNG): LNG, which is natural gas in liquid form, is used mostly by heavy-duty trucks and buses. The EPA estimates that more than 1,000 vehicles in the U.S. run on LNG. However, there's an expectation that this fuel will be expanded to long-haul trucking operations.
Hydrogen: Hydrogen, which can be harvested from water, is considered a fuel source of big potential since it's essentially free of emissions. Currently, hydrogen is not widely used as a fuel source, but government and industry agencies are working to expand its use in the U.S.