E85 blend set to roll

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By STU­ART INNES

MA­JOR fuel re­tailer Cal­tex will have more than 100 ser­vice sta­tions across the nation sell­ing fuel with up to 85 per cent veg­etable-based ethanol by next year.

This month 11 sites in Mel­bourne will kick off the new fuel stream.

Ade­laide, Syd­ney, Bris­bane and Can­berra will be added by the end of Oc­to­ber, mak­ing a to­tal of 30.

This is the pre­lude to greater ex­pan­sion of the net­work into next year.

Cal­tex Aus­tralia will call its new prod­uct Bio E-Flex.

And, be­cause it will have up to 85 per cent ethanol and 15 per cent petrol, it will also be known as E85.

This con­firms be­liefs that the com­ing new Holden Com­modore VE Se­ries II will have some en­gines able to run on E85.

Bio­fu­els such as ethanol are fu­els of the fu­ture

‘‘Bio­fu­els such as ethanol are fu­els of the fu­ture as they are pro­duced from re­new­able sources and can sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce green­house gas emis­sions,’’ Cal­tex Aus­tralia spokesman Frank Topham said.

About 400 Cal­tex out­lets in the east­ern states al­ready of­fer E10 fuel (10 per cent ethanol) and will con­tinue to do so.

Other fuel com­pa­nies also of­fer E10.

Many mod­ern cars can run on E10.

Cal­tex says sites that its sites which have E85 will also have the nor­mal range of petrol and LPG fu­els.

Cal­tex claims its Bio E-Flex will have an oc­tane rat­ing of up to 105 RON.

This is a higher ‘‘en­ergy’’ level than even 98RON pre­mium un­leaded.

Not all ex­ist­ing cars can run on E85 with the guar­an­tee of be­ing trou­ble-free in terms of en­gines and fuel-line com­po­nents.

The com­ing new Com­modore E85 en­gine has been en­gi­neered to ac­cept any ethanol blend up to 85 per cent.

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