There has been ethanol in gasoline for a lot longer compared to the majority of people think. Henry Ford's very first car was in fact powered exclusively by this biofuel back in 1896. Standard Oil started using it in its gas formulas in the 1920s that can help engine performance. It wasn't till the last component of the twentieth century that this sustainable fuel item began to be sold commercially. The mix of rising oil rates as well as ecological issues has resulted in the use of this additive as a replacement for other petroleum-based ingredients that power the nation's cars.

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The arguments of opponents are also convincing. Manufacturers explain that the much lower energy content of these energy mixes ultimately equates into even more fuel usage as well as higher prices for the customer. The more recent flex-fuel automobiles, which use a blend of 85 percent ethanol as well as 15 percent gasoline, actually have a much lower gas mileage than their standard equivalents. A 2nd argument is that older engines (those made before 2001) are not approved for the newer blends and could suffer damages. Finally, there is a continuous conversation regarding whether land that could be utilized for growing food plants should, as an alternative, be utilized to produce crops for fuel.