Ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol, is a flammable, colorless chemical compound, one of the alcohols that is most often found in alcoholic beverages. But lately everybody wants our cars to run this green combustible.
When the subject is ethanol, the consumer might rightly ask the proverbial question, "What’s in it for me?" The answer, according to Ford Motor Company, is, "Your future." Ethanol and other alternative fuel sources are hot news these days because of their ability to help address two major global issues — independence from imported oil (with its national security implications) and global warming. In the U.S., ethanol is most commonly made from corn, but it can also be (...) More
Ethanol is the most promising short-term solution to Americans’ foreign oil addiction, U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman said Thursday. Bodman called on automakers to make more vehicles capable of running on E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. For the 2006 model year, about 700,000 so-called "flex-fuel" vehicles were produced. Over the next three years, the federal government plans to award $50 million worth of grants to universities, national (...) More
An innovative new hybrid research vehicle being developed by Ford Motor Company has a dual mission: help reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At the Washington Auto Show, Ford unveiled the Ford Escape Hybrid E85, a research vehicle marrying two petroleum-saving technologies – hybrid electric power and flexible-fuel capability. Escape Hybrid E85 is the world’s first hybrid vehicle capable of operating on blends of fuel containing as much as 85 (...) More