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Home » Alternative Fuel Cars

BioDiesel / Natural Gas / LPG / Ethanol FFV / Fuel Cell

UK Available Alternative Fuel Cars

 

bentley e85   Bentley Continental Petrol / E85 (Flex Fuel)
  Cadillac BLS 2.0T Flexpower Petrol / E85 (Flex Fuel)
All-new Ford C-MAX   Ford C-MAX Petrol / E85 (Flex Fuel)
  Ford Focus Petrol / E85 (Flex Fuel)
Ford S-MAX and Galaxy   Ford Galaxy Petrol / E85 (Flex Fuel)
  Ford Mondeo Petrol / E85 (Flex Fuel)
Ford S-MAX and Galaxy   Ford S-Max Petrol / E85 (Flex Fuel)
NEW SAAB 9-3 DIESELS SET 119 G/KM CO2 CLASS BENCHMARK   Saab 9-3 Saloon 1.8t Biopower Petrol / E85 (Flex Fuel)
Most powerful sub 120g/km Saloon and Estate on sale in the UK   Saab 9-3 Convertible 1.8t Biopower Petrol / E85 (Flex Fuel)

 

Saab 9-5

Volvo V70 CNG

Volvo FlexiFuel

Proton LPG

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Volvo S60 CNG

 

Alternative fuel cars available soon

 

Lotus Exige 270E

Passat Estate TSI EcoFuel

Saab 9-X BioHybrid

The Morgan LifeCar

Honda FCX

 

BMW Hydro 7

Mercedes F-Cell

Ford Explorer

Mazda RX-8 RE

PGO Turbo-CNG

 

Used LPG & Bi-fuel Cars - Classifieds

 

Fuel Cell Car News

Latest Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car News

For all the latest news about Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars from all the manufactures see out Fuel Cell cars news page.

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Ethanol - FlexiFuel Vehicles

Ethanol, also known as grain alcohol is produced from plants, usually sugar cane.  The fuel has a high octane rating which in turn means increased engine efficiency.  Ethanol is widely used globally as a fuel and is increasing in popularity in Europe.  A number of manufactures have developed flexi-fuel vehicles (FFVs) currently available on from Ford, Saab and shortly Volvo cars. 

 

Flexi-Fuel vehicles can run on a blend of ethanol and petrol, usually up to E85 (85% Ethanol, 15% Petrol) which is the most common blend in the UK or just petrol.  This gives drivers flexibility as the current ethanol filling station in the UK is limited.

 

Bioethanol is green as it has the potential to be carbon-neutral, that is to say all the carbon dioxide emitted during use of the fuel when emitted from the vehicle is balanced by the absorption from the atmosphere during the fuel crop’s growth.

 

LPG Autogas - LPG Guide

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a natural hydrocarbon fuel made up of propane and butane.  LPG produces far less carbon dioxide than petrol and fewer particulates and nitrogen oxides than diesel.  It can be used within a modified internal combustion engine after conversions which cost around £1,500-£2,000.  A conversion includes the installation of a second fuel tank for the LPG which means the vehicle can switch between petrol or LPG.

 

LPG Autogas Guide   

Complete AutoGas LPG guide

 

LPG has the special property of becoming liquid when under pressure, and reverting to gases at atmospheric pressure. This means it can be easily and conveniently stored as a liquid.  About 60% of the world supply of LPG comes from the separation of natural gas products, and 40% is a by-product from the refining of crude oil.  In the past, LPG has been considered as waste and flared off; now it is recognised as a major energy source and currently offered by about 10% of refuelling stations.

 

Compressed Natural Gas - CNG

Compressed Natural Gas is a fossil fuel sourced from reserves deep under the Earth's surface. It has lower CO2 emissions compared to petrol/diesel but is still a greenhouse gas.  Similarly to LPG it requires a conversion so that the car can be switched between gas and petrol.  The gas is compressed in a cylinder rather than being stored as a liquid form.  The gas mixes well with air prior to combustion and has a high octane rating and therefore is fuel efficient. CNG is popular worldwide and increasing in popularity in the UK.  There are a number of aftermarket conversions available and options also available from the factory from manufacturers such as Volvo.

 

BioDiesel

Biodiesel is produced from renewable energy sources such as rapeseed, sunflower or soybean oil.  Biodiesel is green as it has the potential to be carbon-neutral, that is to say all the carbon dioxide emitted during use of the fuel when emitted from the vehicle is balanced by the absorption from the atmosphere during the fuel crop’s growth.

 

Biodiesel in some instances can be a direct replacement for diesel, however most manufacturers remain cautious about engine wear and recommend a blend of between 5% to 30% biodiesel although some modern engines are capable of running on 100% biodiesel.

 

Fuel Cell

Please visit our Fuel Cell page for full details including the latest hydrogen test vehicles.

 

Fuel cells are electrochemical energy conversion devices which produce energy from an electro-chemical reaction.  Electricity can constantly be produce as long as the flow of reactants is available.  The technology is still being developed and is current expensive.  One problem is that hydrogen can still not be produced efficiently to make viable as an alternative fuel just yet.

 

Many manufacturers have already demonstrated fuel cell vehicles and there are a handful currently in use providing important information and feedback for the future development of fuel cell cars.

 

Kia's alternative green fuel vehicle developments hyundai fuel cell cars FCX Clarity, the world’s first production fuel cell car Mercedes A-Class E-CELL hydrogen mazda  

 

For full details about Alternative Fuel cars, please visit our Green Car Fuels Page.

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