Volvo is continuing its long standing
commitment to environmental care by adding two new engines and models to
its FlexiFuel bio-ethanol range. To power the all new Volvo V70 estate
and the new Volvo S80 executive saloon, a two-litre FlexiFuel unit will
arrive later this year and will be joined by a five-cylinder 2.5-litre
turbocharged engine in 2008.
The new four-cylinder 2.0F produces
145PS and 185Nm of torque and offers fuel consumption of 24.4mpg in the
Volvo V70 and 25mpg in the S80. The 2.5F five-cylinder turbocharged
FlexiFuel will deliver a power output of 200 PS.
These new FlexiFuel models join the
125PS 1.8F, which is currently available in the Volvo C30, S40 and V50.
With five models now available in FlexiFuel guise, Volvo offers the
broadest bio-ethanol range in the UK and expects 10,000 global sales
“Flexifuel has considerable potential
in larger models too. That is why we plan to continuously expand the
implementation of this technology over the coming years. It’s a move
that is being driven by the extended availability of biofuels throughout
Europe. Biofuel standardisation and guidelines for sustainable
production within the EU would make the fuel’s development even
smoother,” says Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Brand, Business
and Product Strategy at Volvo Cars.
The FlexiFuel engines run on renewable
E85 bio-ethanol fuel which emits up to 80% less fossil carbon dioxide
emissions than petrol. Running a FlexiFuel vehicle is simple, should
E85 not be available, the car can also be powered by petrol – both fuels
can go into the same tank in any mixture thanks to the car’s innovative
engine management system which monitors the blend and automatically
modifies the injection and ignition timings to optimise performance.
“No single renewable fuel can replace
petrol and diesel by itself. We believe in a multi-energy society where
many different fuels and technologies are developed in parallel. E85 is
a strong alternative that reduces dependency on fossil fuels, and our
Flexifuel programme is an important part of our strategy to contribute
to sustainable personal mobility,” says Volvo Cars President and CEO