Biofuel for Debate

Backers want more ethanol at pumps, but some experts disagree.

Published: 06-Feb-2006

For more than a year, Mahlon Mitchell did not realize that his Chevy Tahoe sport utility vehicle was capable of burning E85, a fuel that's 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.

He bought the Tahoe two years ago, with 25,000 miles on it, and the previous owner never said anything about using fuel refined from corn. Only recently did he learn, from an employee of the state Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Department, that his Tahoe was E85-capable.

Mitchell, of the Madison suburb of Verona, was far from alone.


Concept car is powered by 400 bhp, twin-turbo, V6 BioPower engine, though it likely will never be mass produced.

Encouraging farmers to grow corn or other grains that can be converted into clean-burning, renewable fuel creates a system that can be readily applied to generating hydrogen, Dr. Burns tells Reuters.


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