why don’t we use alcohol to power cars? by QuestionGuy July 24, 2022, 10:59 pm why don’t we use alcohol to power cars? What do you think? 12 Points Upvote Downvote alcoholAskAskMecarsdon'tpowerQuestion and Answer See more Previous article The Flat Earth society have made a new documentary…. Next article What’s everyone’s favorite ice cream .? 23 Comments Leave a Reply We do, it’s called ethanol Log in to Reply Because gasoline is cheaper per gallon than Johnny Walker Blue. Log in to Reply It’s less effective and more dangerous Log in to Reply Because it’s a waste of alcohol Log in to Reply We do, to an extent. In the 80s/90s when they were starting to do it on a large scale, people were skeptical about the power in vs the power out. Recent info has validated those fears, and added new fears about carbon waste from alcohol-laden fuels. Log in to Reply Because Earth’s natural resources have an abundance of oil that can easily be distilled into things like heptane etc but ethanol not so much. But if you lived on mars and wanted to chemically synthesize a fuel, ethanol might be a good one. You’d need to modify engines to take account of different properties (lubricity, etc.) of ethanol vs the mixed used in pump gas. They do use ethanol in IndyCar think tho smh. Log in to Reply Less effective, less stable. I think it evaporates too quickly. It may burn too hot too Log in to Reply Because if we can’t drive drunk neither can they Log in to Reply It requires insane amounts of land to grow the corn required. Then it becomes an issue if you use the corn to feed hungry people or fuel cars. Good luck making that choice. Creating the land required probably means a lot of trees were getting cut down too. It’s just not possible on the earth scale. Log in to Reply It’s usually corn ethanol, which is almost as much energy to make as it produces, while using fossil fuels. It just supports the agriculture industry and does nothing for the environment. Log in to Reply Mass production of ethanol required more overall energy input than you get out of it so it’s not the best way to produce energy. It’s something like a net cost of 54000BTU/gallon. It has some value in fuel as an octane enhancer/additive for other purposes. https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/id/id-339.pdf covers some of the economics. Log in to Reply Reminds me of that Simpson’s scene: Homer at the filling station, first pumping fuel into his car, then pumping it into his mouth. Log in to Reply What the fuck do you think E85 is OP? Log in to Reply You don’t want a drunk car do you? Log in to Reply You can https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol_fuel Log in to Reply Its not economically viable and its wasteful. Log in to Reply There’s all this free shit buried under the ground, all you have to do is find it and make it really hot. Log in to Reply Read this as cats, and now I am full of terrible ideas. Log in to Reply I think I read where all cars in Brazil run on alcohol. True or not, I’ve read that it takes more energy to turn farm waste products into alcohol than it does for refineries to turn crude oil into gasoline. Also, alcohol has less btu’s than gasoline, meaning gas mileage would be lower. It all comes down to money. Log in to Reply Because my roommate drinks it all Log in to Reply There actually was an ethanol fueled car. You basically poured anything containing ethanol into it (vodka, vine, anything). Also, it could run on most types of fuel, excluding leaded gasoline. However, it just never fully caught on, as it was never fully promoted, and it was basically just an experiment. It was called Chrysler Turbine Car, and not a lot of them are surviving right now, with only just about 9 that weren’t destroyed. Log in to Reply Wasn’t sure hat a thing in the earlier days of cars that was abandoned because it was terribly unsafe? Log in to Reply Because the car is going to go crazy hahahaha Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.