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 .
Brazil is a world leader in the adoption of an ethanol fuel economy — more than 75 percent of all new vehicles sold in Brazil are flex-fuel — and Ford of Brazil is tapping into the market with plans to grow its offering of flex-fuel vehicles.
After nearly three decades of work, Brazil has succeeded in developing an independent energy economy based in part on its abundance of sugar-cane — an efficient crop used in making ethanol. Today, up to 20 percent of Brazil’s transport fuel market (...) > Full story
More than a century after Henry Ford built his ethanol-powered quadricycle, the renewable energy source is making a comeback — big time — and Ford Motor Company is a leader in its resurgence. By year’s end, Ford plans to have nearly 2 million ethanol-capable vehicles on the road.
In a heads-up race with petroleum, ethanol might one day take the lead. It doesn’t deplete oil reserves or result in dependence on other countries. What’s more ethanol can be made from virtually limitless (...) > Full story
Popular Mechanics has just published an extensive look at alternative fuels like ethanol, methanol, biodiesel, and hydrogen (you can see the article here), and the prospects are for getting away from gasoline — and for the political system’s getting rational about energy and fuel.
Ethanol is already found blended with gasoline at pumps across the country, and production is continuing to ramp up. Ethanol is probably the main fuel President Bush had in mind both in February, when he (...) > Full story
The Chrysler Group is expected to announce today it will broaden its lineup of models that can burn ethanol fuels, part of a growing march of politicians and automakers hailing ethanol as a salve for the nation’s rising energy bill.
Two prominent U.S. senators sent letters to the six largest automakers on Monday encouraging them to build more vehicles capable of running on E85, a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. President George Bush is to speak today to the Renewable Fuels (...) > Full story
Toyota Motor Corp. plans to sell ethanol-powered vehicles in the United States by 2008, following the lead of domestics General Motors and Ford Motor Company.
Toyota, a market leader in gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles, has resisted the technology amid worries about the impact of highly corrosive ethanol on rubber seals in the engine.
U.S. automakers have produced about 6 million flexible-fuel vehicles, with many running on E85, or a fuel blend consisting of 85 percent ethanol, or ethyl (...) > Full story
When the subject is ethanol, the consumer might rightly ask the proverbial question, "What’s in it for me?" The answer, according to Ford Motor Company, is, "Your future."
Ethanol and other alternative fuel sources are hot news these days because of their ability to help address two major global issues — independence from imported oil (with its national security implications) and global warming.
In the U.S., ethanol is most commonly made from corn, but it can also (...) > Full story