Gasoline/Ethanol combined fuel engine up to 30 percent more efficient

Work at MIT appears to be going well for developing an engine that combines gasoline and ethanol from separate tanks to improve mileage up to 30 percent.

The engine, which is only about half the size of a conventional gas engine, could be on the market in about five years and could add about $1,000 to the cost of a car. That’s less than the $3,000 to $5,000 added by a hybrid engine.

Sure, it’s not one of the 200 miles per gallon engines we know Detroit is holding back from us, but it is a decent start on improved fuel consumption. And maybe if our vehicles get good enough with this technology, the automobile rulers will finally release the super-efficient cars we all know they are hiding. (via Engadget)

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