quote: Combustion is not an efficient method of autolocomotion. It's just not, nothing against ethanol, gasoline, diesel or hampster-fuel; it's not the best way of moving people.
quote: (loss due to transmission for instance - isn't it something like 87%-95% efficient?)
quote: The closest competitor, electricity, has significant issues - transmission line losses are significant over long distances (even at extremely high voltages and such), and as well transmission lines are politically very unpopular
quote: They are prime NIMBY targets, as are most power plants,
quote: you need batteries of some sort to store the energy
quote: The point isn't that ethanol as a fuel is bad/worse than gasoline;