Vehicle Fuels of the Future, Here Today

Welcome to the Alternative Fuels page, where you will find information on ethanol, E85, Biodiesel and vehicles that are designed to use these fuels.  The Alternative Fuels page offers details on flexible fuel vehicles, alternative fuels development and use, and QuickLinks and Frequently Asked Questions about E85. The Alternative Fuels Information Resources page provides a wide range of information available on the Internet concerning all aspects of renewable fuels.  You can check this page weekly for news about new fuel stations offering E85 fuel as well.

Alternative Fuels, Flexible Fuel Vehicles and alternative fuel production, availability, research and development hold great potential for positive environmental impact and reduced reliance on foreign oil resources.  Some background on the National Renewable Fuels Program:

Congress passed the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992 with the goals of enhancing our nation's energy security and improving environmental quality.  The goals of development of these renewable fuels are to:

  • Enhance energy efficiency and productivity.
  • Bring clean, reliable, and affordable energy technologies to the marketplace.
  • Make a difference in the everyday lives of Americans by enhancing their energy choices and their quality of life.

Alternative Fuels as defined by EPAct include:

  • Methanol, ethanol, and other alcohols
  • Blends of 85% or more of alcohol with gasoline
  • Natural gas and liquid fuels domestically produced from natural gas
  • Liquefied petroleum gas (propane)
  • Coal-derived liquid fuels
  • Hydrogen
  • Electricity
  • Biodiesel (B100)
  • Fuels (other than alcohol) derived from biological materials
  • P-Series (clear, colorless, 89-93 octane, liquid blends not currently produced or used in large quantities)

The Michigan State fleet includes over 2,000 vehicles that can run on 85% Ethanol/15% gas (E85), as well as B20, Hybrids (gas and electric power), electric and LPG vehicles.  Biodiesel is only considered an alternative fuel at 100% Biodiesel concentration, but most diesel vehicles in the state fleet can run on B20, a 20% to 80% mixture of Biodiesel and regular diesel.  Biodiesel is available at the Vehicle and Travel Services (VTS) fuel station at the State Secondary Complex.  VTS recently installed an E85 pump at the State Secondary Complex which is now available for state vehicle use.  All E85-capable vehicles will be fueled with E85 when they leave VTS for permanent assignment or for temporary use from the Motor Pool. 

For a wealth of information on these clean, environmentally friendly, renewable and domestically produced fuels and the vehicles designed to use them, please visit our Alternative Fuels Information Resources page.