PHOTO CAPTION: GM's Australian subsidiary Holden experiments with flex-fuel Commodore.

Biofuels Ignored As Carmakers Shift Focus to Electric Vehicles

Economic recession stalled development of cellulosic ethanol plants.

Published: 04-Aug-2010

In the race to replace oil, electric cars seem to be leaving biofuels in the dust.

Five years ago, biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel looked like the best bet for breaking the world's addiction to oil. Biorefineries turning corn into ethanol sprouted across the Midwest, while startups trying to make fuel from wood chips or grass soaked up venture capital. Big automakers considered electric cars a lost cause.

Now the situation has been reversed. The buzz surrounding electric transportation has never been louder, while the biofuel industry struggles to regain momentum after two brutal years.


AEP's Mountaineer power plant in New Haven, W.V. recently began to capture and sequester CO2.

Despite federal subsidies, capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants remains over the distant horizon.

Oil and gas projections based on Uppsala University analysis.

UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security calls on UK government to reassess its dismissive view about the potential threat and impact of oil shortages.

President Obama greets China's President Hu Jintao.

Energy-focused initiatives also include electric vehicle demonstrations and joint technical standards.


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