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    Explain each of the following types of alternative-fuel vehicles currently under development:

    -natural gas
    -fuel cell
    -explain 1 type of alternative-fuel vehicle, and discuss the following:
    -economic advantages and disadvantages.
    -why your selection is better than the other choices.
    -Provide evidence to for all your research selection including citations in APA style.

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    The main issue with investing any any alternative fuel vehicle is the investment in the infrastructure. Let's say for example that we think natural gas cars are the answer. However after producing millions of them, and creating the fueling stations needed, it turns out that natural gas is a worse polluter than oil, or the supply of natural gas can't keep up with demand. This is the reason why it has been so hard to switch away from gasoline, even when gas prices are high. Because the infrastructure is already paid for gasoline cheaper than the alternatives, practically speaking. And when we factor in the realities of implementing any of these practically, we discover they aren't as great as we thought. While they may be economically and environmentally friendly in terms of an alternative fuel in a car, getting them to consumers makes them less so. By the time they are produced and transported to the end user, most of the benefits are wiped out.

    Electric cars overcome this disadvantage to some extent because they aren't tied to a particular type of fuel. Electric cars essentially use electrochemical cells to power electric motors. They are only dependent on the ...

    Solution Summary

    Economic advantages of a specific alternative fuel vehicle with references.