Bioethanol - mobility with a future
The future of bioethanol is proverbially "on the road". Bioethanol is already available as a fuel in several different forms today. Renewable and climate-friendly, it is helping to ensure that mobility has a future. Over 80% of the world's ethanol production is used in the fuel sector.
Bioethanol as a fuel for all internal combustion engines
Most of the petrol fuels in Europe, contain bioethanol or ingredients manufactured from it. Standards determine what chemical properties the various grades of petrol may have, and what ingredients they may contain. It also permits the addition of bioethanol in various ways:
Bioethanol in E85
E85 fuel blends have a bioethanol content of up to 86% and can be used on vehicles that have been specially designed or converted to run on it, so-called "Flexible Fuel Vehicles" (FFVs). A technically relatively simple modification enables FFVs to run both on conventional petrol and on bioethanol-petrol blends with a bioethanol content of up to 86%. For the motorist, this means a unique flexibility as it is possible to choose between two types of fuel according to availability and price.
For technical reasons, it is not advisable to use 100% bioethanol as fuel in our temperate climatic regions. That is why E85 is used in Europe. The addition of petrol improves cold-starting characteristics in the winter. Owing to its high bioethanol content the use of E85 on a nationwide basis offers the greatest potential for reducing the dependence on fossil fuels.
Fact Sheet bioethanol
Benefits of European bioethanol
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