GM to Offer Flex-Fuel on 50 Percent of Its Cars by 2012
GM says that it is a leader in the production of flex-fuel vehicles and it has increased its annual flex-fuel car production level to over 850,000 units, a figure that can be translated into a 55 percent increase over the one posted in 2006.
The company adds that over 5 million of the 7.5 million flex-fuel cars and trucks that run on North American roads wear GM brands badges. GM’s 2010 model range includes 17 flex-fuel capable models that can run on E85 ethanol, gasoline or any combination of the two.
The company’s flex-fuel plans include the introduction of the 2011 Buick Regal this summer, a move that will make GM the first automaker to offer flex-fuel capability on a four-cylinder direct injection turbocharged engine.
“We continue to believe that biofuels are the best near-term solution to reduce dependence on petroleum, expand our nation’s energy portfolio and reduce the carbon footprint of driving,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president, environment, energy and safety policy. “We anticipate more than 8.5 million flex-fuel vehicles on the road by 2012, exceeding our pledge made in 2006 and the potential to reduce the CO2 footprint of driving more than 6.8 million tons per year,” stated the press release.
GM is strongly committed to biofuels and has pledged to introduce the flex-fuel capability on over half of the vehicles in its line-up by 2012.