Automotive Biofuels – A Hot Topic of Discussion

The introduction of E10 in February in Germany caused a lot of trouble and uncertainty among consumers. Suddenly, E10 was available at all gas stations, even a couple of cents cheaper than E5 but nobody wanted it. The reason is simple:  pumps were labelled with warning signs saying that ethanol could harm your car, and that more information was available at the pump cashier desk. Another problem was that E10 pump owners were not allowed to give advice due to warranty issues.

As a logical consequence, consumers got scared. They were afraid that E10 could damage their car. Sales of E10 droped and the result: a shortage of E5 fuel. A very aggressive media campaign started. The media, such as newspapers and tv stations, as well as consumers blamed the government and the mineral oil industry of irresponsible behaviour. Consumers had to deal with E10 without knowing the consequences for their cars. There had not been sufficient information of E10 before its introduction. Hence, the uncertainty and the trouble caused were no big surprise. Up to today, consumers are confused and marketing managers of E10 are  facing huge problems with advertising their product.

The big issue is still:  How durable are engine materials on automotive biofuels?

What is your opinion about automotive biofuels? Please feel free to start a discussion here!

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Posted on June 1, 2011, in ALL. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hans Müller

    Es sollte keine Mischung gefahren werden. Weder Ethanol im Benzin noch Biodiesel im Diesel. Es müssen Reinkraftstoffe angeboten werden, dann haben wir diese Diskussionen nicht. In Brasilien gibt es Flexi-Fuel Fahrzeuge, die mit 100% Benzin und/oder 100% Ethanol fahren und das schon seit Jahren. Das ist Normalität in Brasilien.

    In Deutschland gibt es das nicht. Es gibt nur einzelne Nischen, die Motoren auf die Alternativ-Kraftstoffe Ethanol, LPG in Benzinmotoren und Pflanzenöl, Tierfett, Biodiesel im Dieselmotor umrüsten. Ein Unternehmen ist bioltec ( Hier werden Trucks mit Dieselmotoren auf Tierfett, Pflanzenöl, Biodiesel umgerüstet.

    Wir sollten weggehen von der Beimischung, das schadet unseren Motoren, weil diese auf Reinkraftstoff, wie Benzin und Diesel ausgelegt sind. Nur durch spezielle Umrüstung kann man andere Kraftstoffe fahren.

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