November 9, 2006
Volvo expands its E85-capable FlexiFuel car line-up
Gothenburg, Sweden – Volvo Cars is launching a “green model” range of FlexiFuel models, capable of running on E85, in nine U.K. and European markets, including its new C30.
“Interest in ethanol as a vehicle fuel is growing in Europe,” says Gerry Keaney, Senior Vice President Market, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Cars. “We are therefore expanding our range with additional models on a total of nine markets. First to get Volvo’s FlexiFuel cars outside Sweden will be Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Norway.”
Presently there are 23 plants producing ethanol in Europe, which is expected to rise to just over 60 in 2008; France has announced that that country will build 500 E85 fuel stations in 2007. About 1.8 million litres of ethanol are produced annually within the EU, primarily from sugar beets and various grains.
Currently, the C30, S40 and V50 are available in a FlexiFuel alternative, powered by a four-cylinder engine, and with fuel hoses, valves and gaskets modified to withstand the more corrosive properties of ethanol. Volvo predicts sales of 7,000 FlexiFuel cars in 2007, most in Sweden.