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Alternative Fuels for Vehicles

COURSE NO: R02-004
Alternative Fuels for Vehicles
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents an overview of six alternative fuels used for vehicles: biodiesel, electricity, ethanol blended with gasoline, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane.  In each case a description is given of the physical properties of the fuel, its source (what it is produced from), its environmental advantages and disadvantages, its effectiveness as a power source for a vehicle, its current availability (including its distribution system), and any characteristic problems which are unique to it.


This course document consists of concise, easy-to-read fact sheets distributed by the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center of the U.S. Department of Energy. An engineer completing this course will possess useful, general scientific knowledge of the current state-of-the-art of alternative fuels without having to spend considerable time developing specialized knowledge of each fuel.


This 2 PDH online course is intended primarily for civil, mechanical, industrial and transportation engineers, and would be of particular interest to engineers serving on governmental planning boards or concerned with maintaining fleet operations for a private company or for the military.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding how biodiesel is used as a vehicle fuel
  • Learning about hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles
  • Learning about flexible fuel vehicles (ethanol and gasoline)
  • Understanding how hydrogen fuel cells are used to power a vehicle
  • Understanding how natural gas is used as a vehicle fuel
  • Understanding how propane is used as a vehicle fuel
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Alternative Fuels for Vehicles" which is based on a compilation of six fact sheets distributed by the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center of the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U. S. Department of Energy:

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Alternative Fuels for Vehicles (2.45 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the six DOE Fact Sheets.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you may print your Certificate of Completion after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email you your Certificate of Completion. Also, you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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