Formula One racing certainly holds an electrifying level of excitement for the legions of fans around the world, but don't go counting on that translating to electric propulsion just yet.
Of all the teams and manufacturers in F1, typically Renault has been the most supportive of the FIA's push for more environmentally-friendly means of propulsion. The French manufacturer – which has, in the "civilian" market, often been at the forefront of the electric car scene – was a big proponent of the switch to smaller, turbocharged engines for Formula One. But this whole business about electric-powered F1 cars could be one step too far.
Go back into the history of grand prix racing, and the only green you'd expect to see was the color of a British racing car and the vast quantity of cash injected into the sport. But today, Formula One is a different scene, thanks in no small part to a push by the FIA for a more environmentally friendly form of motorsport. Just take a look at the on-again, off-again implementation of regenerative braking and the limitation on everything from fuel to tires.
According to the Dept. of Agriculture's ERS (Economic Research Service), most ethanol plants in the United States are located in rural and economically depressed areas. The huge increase in ethanol production in the US, which has increased threefold from 2000 to 2006, couldn't be explained without the increase of manufacturing plants (currently at 88), most of which are located where corn is produced.
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