The Yomiuri Shimbun reports that Honda will begin producing flex-fuel cars capable of running solely on bioethanol—E100. The report follows Honda’s announcement that it, in partnership with RITE, has developed a process for the production of cellulosic ethanol. (Earlier post.)
Honda had earlier stated in its Annual Report 2006 that it was developing a flex-fuel vehicle for the Brazilian market that operates on any gasoline-ethanol mixture up to E100, and that it expected the vehicle to go on sale this year.
Of the 65,000 or so Civic and Fit models produced in the company’s plant in Brazil, Honda will switch production of about 30,000 to bioethanol cars according to the report.
Honda will become the first Japanese automaker to manufacture an E100 vehicle. Toyota has said that it will introduce E100 flex-fuel vehicles to the Brazilian market in 2007. (Earlier post.)