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Giving an engine a shot of ethanol could make it as fuel-efficient as a gas-electric hybrid.
Ford Motor Company on 19 May revealed test results on a novel ethanol-assisted engine. The engine runs primarily on gas. When it needs to deliver maximum power the engine management computer adds ethanol to the combustion chambers.
Obama says consumers may have to pay $1300 per vehicle to get to his proposed standards. Ford says its ethanol-assisted engine will cost $1100 to $1500 more.
"You can't come close to Obama's projected price with a hybrid," says David Cole of the Center for Automotive Research, a transport analysis company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. "With alcohol injection you've got a great shot at it; it's a very viable technology."
Originally posted by jdub297
reply to post by MBF
If we'd spend the money on advancing innovation instead of taking over dinosaurs, we might get the results Obama says he wants, and which everyone concerned about conservation and the environment will agree upon.
Tweaking what we know and making it work more efficiently is where we should focus. ( Asuming the goal really is efficiency and clean emissions)
Originally posted by emsed1
Also, we already have ethanol-boosted fuel. It's called E85. Virtually the entire fleet of GM cars in Brazil run on ethanol fuel produced from sugar cane.
Whitaker says the next step is to road test the engine in a variety of vehicles and to ensure that the engine does not become unusable if the ethanol tank runs dry.