Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Re: Ethanol Fuel ?????
Also, Ethanol provides 30% less energy than petrol - so a 10% Ethanol blend will see you lose 3% in fuel economy. The Commodores sent to Brazil (where the mix is 20% ethanol) get nickel plated fuel lines, and other stuff replaced as ethanol will damage those parts. They also get a different paint formula around the fuel filler as the ethanol will stuff the paint if you spill it for example. I think in the engine itself it is fine, just some parts need to be changed to accomodate the characteristics of ethanol.
People claim ethanol is renewable and better for the environment. But the way it is produced - at least in Australia - negates that benefit so overall there is no benefit in greenhouse gases. You use more petrol as a result of ethanol added to fuel, some parts wear faster if the car is not specced to take ethanol blend fuel, so it will cost you more in the long run.
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