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Ten strange alternatives to gasoline

Microsoft IES Logo By David Long for MSN Autos of Microsoft IES | Slide 1 of 11

From diapers to beer, here are 10 unusual ways of powering your car without using gasoline

You don't need to be old to remember when motorists would speak of rumours that gas prices would one day hit $1.00 a litre, or when it was possible to hand over a five dollar bill and see the fuel gauge actually move.Today paying a fortune for gasoline is something we take for granted and it is hard even to conceive of a time when no one really knew what to do with the stuff because the alternatives seemed so much better.The first man ever to sink a productive oil well, for example, "Colonel" Edwin L. Drake, nevertheless died penniless. Similarly, until the early 1900s, the land speed record was routinely broken by battery- and steam-powered machines rather than any of these new-fangled internal-combustion-engined thingies.Slowly but surely gasoline became the default choice, although we now realize that its reign will be relatively short-lived. A century ago it was just one choice among many and, with talk of climate change and fossil-fuel depletion, tens of millions of dollars are being spent to find new alternatives. Here are a few examples of what might work ...
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