Today’s Alternative Fuel Choices: Methanol

Methanol, another alcohol-based fuel, is usually produced from , but it can also be produced from biomass. Therefore, it has the potential to help reduce petroleum imports.

Methanol-powered vehicles emit smaller amounts of air pollutants, such as hydro- carbons, particulate matter, and , than do similar -fueled vehicles. Some buses and currently run on M85, which contains 85 percent methanol and 15 percent gasoline.