History's Innovative Autos

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Henry Ford in Model T

Henry Ford (above, at the wheel of a Model T) designed his "Tin Lizzie" to run on either gasoline or a hemp-based fuel. But with the discovery of large crude-oil deposits in the early 20th century, oil prices dropped and gasoline derived from the oil became Ford's and other carmakers' fuel of choice. Unlike fossil fuels, biofuels come from renewable resources, typically plants. Although biofuels have many advocates, skeptics point out that they currently require too many resources to be used on a widespread commercial basis.

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