Nikkei. Sagawa Express Co. will start using a 3% ethanol blend (E3) to fuel small cargo vehicles in the Tokyo metropolitan area this fall.
Sagawa Express plans to gradually switch to the ethanol-gasoline blend in up to 150 of the 1,200 delivery vehicles it operates in Tokyo and the three surrounding prefectures. It has also begun testing a vehicle running on biomethane.
Use of biofuels and bio-additives in Japan is limited, partly due to a lack of domestic feedstocks for current technology. A consortium of 10 oil distributors recently began limited sales of a 7% ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) blend. ETBE is an oxygenation additive made from ethanol and isobutene. (Earlier post.)