E85 blend set to roll
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.