Top 10 Alternative Fuels on the Road Right Now
Electric car charging

This electric car avoids the gasoline pump and picks up a quick charge.

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It happens every summer, and no one likes it. No, we're not talking about farmer's tans or your neighbor deciding that 6 a.m. is an appropriate time to mow the lawn. We're talking about the summer spike in gas prices. The summer of 2008 was one of the worst, with the average nationwide gas price peaking at over $4 per gallon -- making topping off the tank something you could do only after checking your bank account balance first.

With memories of that summer still fresh in our minds and new gas price hikes looming, it's natural to wonder what alternatives there may be to gasoline-powered vehicles. Well, as it turns out, there are lots of alternatives. And many of them are on the road or in dealerships right now. While some alternatives will take some time to make it into wide usage, check out this list of the top 10 alternative fuels on the road now.