Friday, August 5, 2011
Using alcohol for fuel is not new. In 1860 Nikolaus Otto built an early internal combustion engine. Its fuel was alcohol. Ford's famous Model T Ford had a built-in adjustable carburetor so it could burn either alcohol or gasoline. In other words, it was a flex fuel car.
All this has been largely forgotten. But in the Betty Boop cartoon below, it was apparently well-known and taken for granted back in 1939. Check it out: