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Car Makers Agree to Promote E10 in Australia

21 October 2005

Four major automakers—Ford, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Holden—have acceded to pressure from the Australian Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, to label their Australian-made cars as compatible with 10% ethanol-gasoline blends (E10).

Macfarlane will meet with GM and Ford in the USA next January and will raise the possibility of similarly labelling cars imported to Australia by those manufacturers.

It’s a visual reassurance that the car manufacturer stands not only behind its cars but behind the use of ethanol blends.

This is a decisive step towards correcting public perceptions and rebuilding consumer confidence in ethanol which was derailed by an ill-informed, political scare campaign by the Labor Party, who have long opposed ethanol.

Through this agreement, we now have a solid base on which to build an Australian ethanol market—that’s E10. Nothing more, nothing less.

—Ian Macfarlane

A Biofuels Taskforce report in late September determined that low consumer confidence in ethanol was not justified and that most post-1986 vehicles on Australian roads could use an E10 blend.

But blending of ethanol with gasoline is so far confined to a small number of BP and Caltex stations in Queensland. Australia presently has only two ethanol producers, privately-owned Manildra in New South Wales and CSR in Queensland.

The government has set a target for indigenous biofuels production of at least 350 million liters (92.5 million gallons US) per year by 2010.

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The scare mongering was justified.
People put the E10 equivalent crap in their cars when their engines were not designed to take it and it gave them issues. Its the same as LPG. Corrodes and eats the head.
Holden's new E10 capable beast which is built from the ground up to have dual fuel (LPG) has a reinforced crankshaft and other bits just so the engine does not need a recon after 150,000 Km

Australia with its vast land would benefit greatly from mass producing biodiesel via GM soy or equivalent. If not for export, then just for Aussie use.

E10 offers no clear advantage because in effect, it lowers torque and horsepower and requires your car to try harder to achieve the same objective. Its the 2.4l 4 cylinder vs 3l six debate. The 2.4 is only marginally more efficient because in a car designed for a 3l six it has to try harder. My 3 cents for the day.

PS - And guess who of all brands looks at E10 as opposed to diesel?? Oh, its Ford and GM, some of the main contributers to making crap engines that are responsible for the shortage of oil at the moment.
Don't blame the Middle East or the hurricanes. These are short term events. Ford and GM had 50 yrs of hindsight to do something about it, but they decided to milk everybody for all their worth until we were forced into this situation.
And don't blame the developing countries. Everyone knew Asia would grow. They are actually trying to be responsible and design stuff thats economically viable from scratch, even if they only have a fraction of the money the US has for R&D.
Shame !!

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