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Flex-fuel vehicles are nothing new. Did you know Henry Ford designed the Model T to run on ethanol, gasoline or a combination of the two? And did you know that his first automobile (the quadricycle) ran on pure ethanol?
Those in the know understand that ethanol has higher octane than pure gasoline. But did you know that in the 1920s, when gas became the motor fuel of choice, Standard Oil actually began adding ethanol to gasoline to increase octane and reduce engine knocking?
National security wonks talk about the importance of renewable fuels like ethanol for America's security. But did you know that in WWI ethanol demand skyrocketed to 50 to 60 million gallons per year?
And did you know that last year the production and use of 6.5 billion gallons of ethanol displaced the need for 228 million barrels of oil that would have cost $16 billion to import?
Not only is ethanol ready and available now — it's been around and helping fuel America since before the Civil War.
“Ethanol Timeline,” U.S. Department of Energy Kids Page http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/history/timelines/ethanol.html.