In a previous article for National Review Online, I reported on how easy it is to enable the flex-fuel capabilities in modern automobiles, allowing them to run equally well on methanol, ethanol, or gasoline, thereby giving the customer fuel choice and, with it, a substantial opportunity for savings. For example, at current gasoline and methanol prices, the miles per dollar achieved by running my 2007 Chevy Cobalt on methanol is 40 percent higher than that possible with gasoline. This is not new technology: As extensively documented by Ford’s former director of alternative-fuel vehicle research, Roberta Nichols, the Big Three produced tens of thousands of highly successful methanol-gasoline flex-fuel cars for the state of California more than 20 years ago.
Found the answer on pg. 126 of the recent MIT report on the future of natgas. Looks like they forecast methanol at $1.30 per gge with natgas at $4/mcf; $2.00 with natgas at $8. That is incredible. Also noticed that MIT picked methanol as the best choice for passenger cars (as a fuel derived from natgas).
Next question: the Open Fuel Standard act. Looks like it's dying on the vine given our utterly corrupt govt. Anyone think it will pass? Is it even necessary given the economics?