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Out of Gas: The Alternative Fuels Quiz
by Staff
While gas has long been the most popular way to power a vehicle, it's no longer the only option for drivers looking to save money, conserve resources or protect the planet. Take our quiz to see how much you know about alternative fuels.

What year was the electric car invented?

  • 1850
  • 1890
  • 1960

True or false: New York City had a fleet of electric taxis way back in the 19th century.

  • true
  • false

What percentage of cars in the U.S. in 1900 were electric rather than gas-powered?

  • 3 percent
  • 13 percent
  • 33 percent

How fast could the hybrid-electric Lohner-Porsche Elektromobil travel when it was introduced in 1900?

  • 15 miles per hour (24 kilometers per hour)
  • 35 mph
  • 55 mph

What year did Ford release its Model T, which spelled the beginning of the end for electric cars?

  • 1908
  • 1912
  • 1920

How much did an electric roadster cost in 1912?

  • $850
  • $1,200
  • $1,750

Which of the following did NOT bring about the end of electric car production in 1935?

  • government subsidies on gas vehicles
  • improved roads
  • cheap gasoline

What year did a major oil embargo help boost interest in alternative fuels in the U.S.?

  • 1973
  • 1983
  • 1993

What was the average range of an electric car in the 1970s on a single charge?

  • 20 miles (32 kilometers)
  • 30 miles
  • 40 miles

Which company released the all-electric EV1 in 1996?

  • General Motors
  • Ford
  • Honda

True or false: The Toyota Prius was the first hybrid vehicle to hit the U.S. since the start of the 20th century.

  • true
  • false

When did Toyota release the Prius?

  • 1993
  • 1997
  • 2003

What is the name of the first commercially available plug-in hybrid vehicle?

  • Prius
  • Insight
  • Volt

What is the name of the first all-electric vehicle in the U.S?

  • Amp
  • Leaf
  • Watt

How many miles is the average round-trip commute in the U.S.?

  • 30 miles (48 kilometers)
  • 40 miles
  • 50 miles

What percent of the U.S. hybrid car market is made up of Prius sales?

  • 12 percent
  • 42 percent
  • 82 percent

What name did Toyota give its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, which was released in 2015?

  • Mirai
  • Mirage
  • Miron

What is the name of the 2008 electric vehicle produced by Tesla?

  • Model S
  • Spider
  • Roadster

Which of the following is NOT a source of biodiesel?

  • vegetable oil
  • animal fat
  • fossils

True or false: You need a special biodiesel vehicle to use biodiesel fuel.

  • true
  • false

What is the most common biodiesel blend?

  • B5
  • B20
  • B80

True or false: Ethanol is primarily made from corn.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Biobutanol can be used in standard gas engines without modifying the engine.

  • true
  • false

True or false: In 2015 Danish students introduced a four-seat car powered solely by the sun.

  • true
  • false

What did University of Warwick students use to power a race car in 2009?

  • chocolate
  • wine
  • corn

How many pounds of carbon dioxide emissions does a gas-powered vehicle produce each year?

  • 6,600 pounds (2,994 kilograms)
  • 11,600 pounds
  • 16,600 pounds

True or false: An all-electric vehicle emits less than half the emissions associated with a gas-powered vehicle each year.

  • true
  • false

True or false: You can plug in a hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV).

  • true
  • false

How do you provide power to a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)?

  • add gas
  • plug it in
  • either one

What country leads the world in electric vehicle use?

  • Norway
  • United States
  • China