Gas Substitutes Boost the Flex-fuel Car

Soon, alternative fuels might be made from corn, soybeans, and plant fiber - and new cars would be able to run on them.

Published: 27-Jan-2007

Prospects are brightening for a big change at your local service station.

Instead of just regular, plus, and premium, gas stations in a few years may well be offering fuel made from corn, soybeans, and plant fiber. And new cars would be engineered to run on them.

Following President Bush's call Tuesday for a 20 percent cut in gasoline consumption, Democrats and Republicans in Congress have unveiled legislation that would require automakers to build "flex-fuel" cars that could burn the various alternative fuels.

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