Rewards program, ethanol a boon to local economy Prophesied by Henry Ford in 1925 as being the “fuel of the future,” Ford designed his Model T to run on ethanol as well as petroleum. His strong support for crop based ethyl alcohol fuel, known as ethanol, led Ford to say, “There is fuel in every bit of vegetable matter ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!