U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Vehicle Technologies Office
Fact #338: September 20, 2004
What Will Be Used When Gasoline Is Not Available?
Public opinion surveys from December 2000 and August 2004 posed this question:
"Consider a future date when gasoline is no longer available. Which of the following do you think would be the best fuel for use in personal vehicles: electricity, ethanol, or hydrogen?"
Respondents to both surveys chose electricity more often than any other fuel type. The share of respondents choosing hydrogen as the best fuel increased from 15% in 2000 to 28% in 2004.
Fuel to Replace Gasoline When Gasoline Is No Longer Available
Best Fuel to Replace Gasoline
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Source: Opinion Research Corporation for National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Study #709489 (N = 1,000), December 1, 2000, and Study #713359 (N = 1,041), August 27, 2004.
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