Some claim that Ford’s gasoline cars beat Edisons electric cars, which kind of implied Ford had an alliance with oil companies of the time.
We find this text online:
“When Henry Ford invented the automobile, he invented it to run on Ethanol, not Gasoline. after his new invention was shown to be a success, Rockefeller, the owner of Standard Oil (which is now Exxon Mobil) realized that the Diesel engine could run on Gasoline, as long as Ethanol doesn’t get too popular.. Rockefeller then used his connections in Congress to get Prohibition passed.. which outlawed the components that were being used to make Ethanol for Ford’s automobiles. For 11 years of Prohibition, Henry Ford continued to produce automobiles that ran on Ethanol..This was starting to cause Ford to lose money because of Prohibition, so he finally gave up and began produces Gasoline-ready automobiles. One year later, Prohibition was lifted..” (source)
“The fuel of the future, according to both Henry Ford and Charles F. Kettering, was ethyl alcohol made from farm products and cellulosic materials.”
“The fuel of the future is going to come from fruit like that sumach out by the road, or from apples, weeds, awdust — almost anything,” he said. “There is fuel in every bit of vegetable matter that can be fermented. There’s enough alcohol in one year’s yield of an acre of potatoes to drive the machinery necessary to cultivate the fields for a hundred years.” (source)
Later Ford changed his preference to electric. Saying that charging the car with a private wind turbine would be a good idea..