Ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol, is a flammable, colorless chemical compound, one of the alcohols that is most often found in alcoholic beverages. But lately everybody wants our cars to run this green combustible.
Lotus Engineering, the engineering consultancy division of Group Lotus Plc has developed a bio-ethanol E85 version of the Lotus Exige . The research vehicle is a true Lotus (it weighs just 930 kg unladen) and is called the Lotus Exige 265E. 265 indicates the approximate horsepower and is consistent with the naming strategy of other one-off and limited run Lotus variants such as the Lotus Sport Exige 240R; the E indicates the environmentally favourable bio-ethanol E85 fuel (85% ethanol alcohol and 15% petrol / gasoline) that powers this extremely high performing sportscar.
Britain ’s first bio-fuel car is out in front once again - as the first Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) to be backed by discounted insurance from Norwich Union. The Ford Focus FFV went on sale in August 2005 and since then customers have come from areas closest to Morrisons’ bio-ethanol pumps in Somerset and East Anglia .