Volvo Begins Producing Flex Fuel Cars
30 November 2005
|An S40 FlexiFuel car.|
Volvo has begun the production of flexible fuel cars capable of running on gasoline or any blend of ethanol of up to 85% (E85). The FlexiFuel engine—the 125 hp (92 kW) 1.8F—is available on the S40 and V50 models.
FlexiFuel cars will initially only be offered on the Swedish market where the infrastructure for E85 is good (there are more than 280 fuel stations for E85 from Skåne in the south to Övertorneå in the north) and there is considerable customer interest.
|Volvo FlexiFuel Cars|
|* Using gasoline. Fuel consumption when driving on E85 is about 40% higher.|
|Power||92 kW (125 hp)|
|Max. Torque||165 Nm|
|0–100 km/h||10.9 sec||11.0 sec|
|Top speed||200 km/h (124 mph)|
|Fuel cons.*||7.4 l/100km||7.5 l/100km|
|Fuel economy*||31.8 mpg US||31.3 mpg US|
|CO2 (gasoline)||177 g/km||179 g/km|
The Volvo S40 and V50 FlexiFuel are based on a four-cylinder, normally aspirated 1.8-liter engine. The fuel hoses, valves, seals and bushings have all been strengthened to withstand ethanol’s greater corrosiveness.
Am enhanced engine management system calculates the fuel blend currently in the tank and automatically adjusts the new injection system and timing to suit.
In order to optimize the cold-starting properties, an integrated engine heater is fitted as standard.
Volvo has set a flex fuel sales goal of 6,000 units for 2006.
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