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Volvo news - No fuelin' - 2007

Published: 02 Jan 2007

Save the planet and have a more powerful engine? That's the promise of bio-ethanol, which will be introduced as a fuel option for several Volvo models in 2007.

The Swedish firm expects to introduce bio-ethanol-powered versions of the C30, S40 and V50, which are already on sale in other European countries.

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Volvo calls these models FlexiFuel because they can run on standard unleaded petrol as well as the greener bio-ethanol.

The benefit of the green fuel is it's carbon neutral, so the carbon dioxide produced when driving a car is cancelled out by the CO2 used by the growth of plants to make the fuel.

Bio-ethanol can be made from corn, wheat or sugar cane, which are grown as normal crops then refined into fuel.

The other big advantage of bio-ethanol is it helps an engine produce around 30 per cent more power than it does when burning unleaded petrol.

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Volvo will be showing off a bio-ethanol version of its 3.2-litre six-cylinder engine in the XC60 concept that is to be unveiled at the Detroit motor show next week.

This six-cylinder engine has 265bhp, compared with 235bhp in the XC90 running on unleaded only.

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