2009 E85 Buick Lucerne. Click image to enlarge
Alexandria, Virginia – General Motors has announced that the 2009 Buick Lucerne will become the first flexible-fuel Buick passenger car, capable of running on E85 fuel.
The announcement was made by Beth Lowery, GM Vice-President of Environment, Energy and Safety Policy. E85 is a blend of 85 per cent ethanol and 15 per cent gasoline that is cleaner-burning than petroleum alone, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 23 per cent. In 2009, more than 15 GM models will be flex-fuel capable, compared with 11 offerings for 2008.
“We continue to believe that ethanol used in high blends like E85 offers the best near-term solution to offset increased oil demand,” Lowery said. “There are more than seven million vehicles today that can use E85. The key is to increase the number of stations that offer the fuel.”
GM has committed to make half its U.S. production flex-fuel capable by 2012, providing the infrastructure is in place. The flexible-fuel capability is a no-cost option for consumers, the company said.