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E85 offers an impressive range of benefits for the consumer, the environment and Australia. Take a look at some of the standouts.
Flexible fuel solution
Through the introduction of the compatible Commodores, Holden is giving you yet more choice when it comes to powering your car. Cars in the range are 'flex-fuel', which means they can also run on regular petrol, premium, E10 or E85.
Although there is less energy in a litre of E85, which means less range than petrol, the ethanol component has a higher octane rating, so you may notice an increase in power and overall performance for your car. In fact at the beginning of the 2009 season, V8 Supercars Australia made the switch to E85.
Doing your bit for the environment
Holden is working towards a cleaner Australian fuel landscape. As part of our EcoLine strategy, we are introducing flex-fuel vehicles that demonstrate our commitment to encouraging environmentally sustainable products and operations, within the automotive industry.
Caltex is committed to addressing the issues of climate change and energy security. Bio E-Flex is part of our strategy to provide transport fuels beyond the traditional fuel mix.
With Bio E-Flex we will be making real progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting local car manufacturing.
Michael Ridley-Smith, National Manager Marketing Services
Significant reduction in CO2 emissions
E85 offers truly impressive CO2 emission savings compared to petrol when you look at the entire fuel production process... from the farm, to the production plant, to the fuel pumps around Australia, or what some refer to as "well to wheel".
Plants which are used to produce ethanol absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. When the ethanol component of E85 is burned in engines, the CO2 released goes into the atmosphere and is used by plants to grow. This "cycling" of CO2 creates less build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than fossil fuels.
Holden's analysis shows that E85 reduces CO2 emissions by 20-40% compared to driving with petrol. Future production processes could potentially reduce the CO2 emissions of E85 by up to 90%, compared to petrol.
A renewable fuel
Ethanol is a renewable resource. These resources can have less impact on the environment that fossil fuels. The use of ethanol will limit our reliance on oil, which is a finite resource, and reduce Australia's oil imports.
Australia's ethanol sources
Australian-produced ethanol is currently made from sorghum and the by-products of the industrial production of wheat (starch) and sugar (molasses).
Australian ethanol producers conform with the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels, an international initiative which addresses all elements of sustainability including food security, biodiversity, soil and water conservation and greenhouse gas emissions.
Significantly reducing pollutants from motor vehicles will have a direct impact on the lives of people with asthma. Holden is to be congratulated for their investment in developing an ethanol powered motor car.
Robin Ould - CEO, The Asthma Foundation of Victoriaa
Benefits For Australia
Holden's introduction of flex-fuel VE Series II Commodores represents an exciting step for the fuel industry and regional Australia. It's a fuel solution that supports the Australian economy, with potential to create local jobs and to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
The introduction of ethanol plants, as demand for the fuel rises in the future, could create jobs and stimulate regional development.
Second-generation ethanol fuel production has the potential to make use of local waste materials to convert them into the fuel. By turning our household and agricultural waste into fuel, landfill could be reduced.
If you want to reduce your emissions and your impact on the environment, starting today, use ethanol-blend fuel.
Heather Brodie - CEO Biofuels Association of Australia