Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Holden Is Pumped at Fuel Move

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Holden Is Pumped at Fuel Move

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COOL FUEL

What is Caltex's Bio E-Flex fuel?

Bio E-Flex is a high ethanol blend fuel containing up to 85 per cent ethanol and 15 per cent petrol. It is often known as E85 or even bio-ethanol.

What are the benefits of using Bio E-Flex?

There are several important benefits, including: reducing greenhouse gas emissions; reducing our dependence on fossil fuels; and ethanol, the major component of the fuel, is a renewable resource.

Where can I buy Bio E-Flex?

Caltex will begin selling Bio E-Flex at 31 metropolitan service stations, increasing to 100 stations in 2011.

When driving on fuel with a high ethanol content, the consumption per kilometre will be higher because ethanol contains less energy than petrol. The car needs the same amount of energy; consequently it needs more fuel.

Will driving a flex-fuel vehicle really make a difference to the environment?

If produced in a sustainable way, ethanol-blended fuel emits fewer greenhouse gases than petrol or diesel. By being mostly renewable, Caltex's Bio E-Flex fuel helps reduce CO being added to the atmosphere because significant amounts are absorbed by the plant source during its growth cycle.

Does E85 impact the performance of my vehicle?

Although there is less energy in E85, the ethanol component has a higher octane rating than petrol, so you're likely to notice an increase in power and overall performance when using E85.

How does a flex-fuel Commodore differ to those without the capability?

Holden has made modifications to its flex-fuel models to enable them to run on unleaded, E10, premium, E85 or a combination of these fuels. Modifications include hardened valves and valve seats and the inclusion of a flex-fuel sensor, which gauges the alcohol content of the fuel and adjusts the calibration accordingly.

Ethanol-blended fuel is used in vehicles in the United States, Brazil and Sweden. In the US, GM is the global leader in flex-fuel vehicles, having produced more than 3.5 million of the country's 7.5 million flex-fuel vehicles.

HOLDEN has welcomed Caltex Australia's announcement that it would install 10 pumps in New South Wales to sell its new 85 per cent ethanol fuel, Bio E-Flex. …

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