Brazilian ethanol

It’s better than US ethanol and is already being used to power large fleets. Gas stations in Brazil routinely sell it…

From the Virdian Design newsletter #470

People in the USA know nothing of Brazilian ethanol. The Brazilians been running on rum for years. So there’s the proof-of-concept.

Brazil doesn’t merely have ethanol, it’s got a different breed of car. Not a hybrid, but a “trybrid.” The Obvio runs on ethanol, gasoline or electrical wall-power.


  • Brazil is leaps and bounds ahead of us on this technology. However, there are some questions on whether the US can actually produce enough ethanol and save on net fossil fuel requirements. There seems to be arguments on both sides of the table on this issue. The basics of ethanol are covered on my site Ethanol Production