SAAB Flexes Ethanol Muscles in Sweden

[] Saab’s vehicle innovations will probably immigrate to the States in a few years, but the Swedish car manufacturer is introducing its flex fuel vehicle at home first. Sales of the new 9-5 BioPower model fuelled by ethanol will begin in the Swedish market in the summer of 2005. The 9-5 has a 2.0-liter turbo BioPower engine that can run on ethanol-based fuel, but still use gasoline if necessary. Customers in Sweden have ready access to E85, a fuel blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. They will be exempt from projected city congestion and parking charges by choosing to drive an ethanol fuelled car, and company car drivers will qualify for a 20 percent reduction in the country’s car benefit tax.
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