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Your Car: Powered Soon By Four Loko

Coming to a gas pump near you.
Elaine Thompson
Coming to a gas pump near you.

Even if you can't drink and drive, your car can.

A Virginia company is taking in truckloads of boozy caffeinated drinks, including Four Loko, and recycling the stuff into pure ethanol to be blended into gasoline.

A crackdown on the beverages is leading wholesalers to send the drinks from their warehouses to waste management companies for handling.

"We’re at full capacity," Brian Potter, a VP for MXI Environmental Services, told the Associated Press. "There are about 30 different products involved, and we’ve only seen a couple of them at this point. It could go on for several months."

In November, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission moved to get drinks combining caffeine and alcohol off store shelves.

I'm OK with the car getting the alcohol, but wonder if they could send some of the recycled caffeine my way.

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Scott Hensley edits stories about health, biomedical research and pharmaceuticals for NPR's Science desk. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has led the desk's reporting on the development of vaccines against the coronavirus.