Evolution of Alcohol Fuel Blends Towards a Sustainable Transport Energy Economy

by J.W.G. Turner and R.J. Pearson et al, Lotus Engineering

The authors of this research argue that since there isn’t enough E85 to power all the flex-fuel vehicles on the road, “the introduction of methanol (which can be made extremely simply and cheaply from natural gas) into gasoline-ethanol mixtures, can be used to create drop-in fuels equivalent to E85 and can bring the price of an alcohol-based fuel for spark-ignition engines down to less than that of gasoline.”