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China automaker JAC sends first batch of ethanol-powered cars to Brazil

Chinese carmaker Jianghuai Automobile Co.,Ltd. (JAC) shipped 500 ethanol-powered cars to Brazil at the end of December, the first batch resulting from a deal signed in August with Brazilian dealer SHC to export 620,000 units to Brazil over the next ten years.

JAC will send 1,500 more units this month, and 2,500 cars in February.

SHC, the largest dealer in Brazil, has more than 60 outlets selling Ford, Volkswagen, Citroen, Jaguar, and Aston Martin cars. Its current annual new vehicle sales are around 80,000 units.

Brazil is the fourth largest auto market, and is growing rapidly. China automaker Chary is building a plant in São Paulo, and Great Wall Motor recently expressed interest in setting up Brazilian production.

If JAC meets its sales targets, Brazil will represent the company’s largest export market.

Comments

SJC

Something like 70% of the cars sold in Brazil are true FFV that can run on ethanol, methanol or gasoline. Once we pass the Open Fuel Standard in the U.S. we can start building an alternative fuels industry and reduce imported OPEC oil.

Reel$$

But not so easy SJC. Because of course we have to contend with the oil lobby which has fought tooth and nail to kill off ethanol. Now, fortunately there is a big ag industry involved in ethanol production. That pits big ag against big oil - but so far ag is losing.

Overall domestically produced alcohol fuel, especially from waste and cellulosic feedstocks, is a SUSTAINABLE energy strategy. It clearly beats the hell out of buying petroleum from foreign cartels.

Engineer-Poet

If Big Ag really wanted to help the USA, it would promote bi-fuel, ultra-turbocharged, downsized ethanol direct injection (EDI) engines. This would allow the Ecoboost concept to be taken to the next level, reducing engine displacement to 2.5 liters in medium-duty pickups and sub-1-liter in passenger cars, cutting fuel consumption 30% over previous efforts.

Big Ag won't do this because their goal is to convert corn and collect subsidies, not do anything for the nation. EDI would be able to use anything up to 100% ethanol, but the minimum need would be less than with E10 and so would sales.

SJC

Lots of people think big oil, big ag...oh my we can never fight them. Sure we can, it is our country and if we want to drive true FFVs and have companies compete to provide us with alternative fuels, that our right.

ai_vin

Yes "domestically produced alcohol fuel, especially from waste and cellulosic feedstocks, is a SUSTAINABLE energy strategy" but can you make enough of it? I have heard that if America tried to replace all of its oil consumption with corn made ethanol it would have to put EVERY square foot of land it has under the plow. What are the actual numbers for waste, algae and cellulosic feedstocks?

Engineer-Poet

Corn ethanol is a farm-price support program. It can gobble up every bit of grain we can grow, eliminating the problem of surpluses and consequent price crashes. That is its purpose.

SJC

We all know corn grain ethanol is not the way to go, no sense rehashing the obvious. In 1973 the Agricultural Department told farmers to grow as much corn as they could, we would find a use for it.

Today almost all processed foods contain some form of corn and high fructose corn syrup, it is in almost every non diet soft drink.

This is by design, ADM and other mega corporations lobbied long and hard to make this happen. It also happened to be a time when we were looking for a way to reduce embargoed imported oil. Big wheels turn and in chaos there is opportunity for some powerful people.

ai_vin

I'm still looking for the actual numbers for ethanol produced from waste, algae and cellulosic feedstocks.
Anybody?

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