Lotus Exige 270E Tri-Fuel, Chinese Market Debut?
The Exige 270e Tri-Fuel is still in the shape of a concept. Introduced last year at the Geneva Auto Show, the car is built to run on any mixture of gasoline, bioethanol and methanol. This doesn't mean it lacks the punch. According to the manufacturer, the 270E reaches 60 mph in 3.88 seconds and tops at 158 mph (255 km/h). Regardless of the fuel used, the 1.8l supercharged 2ZZ-GE VVTL-i engine develops 270 horsepower.
Upon its unveiling in 2008, the Exige 270E Tri-Fuel was considered by Lotus "the forefather of a new generation of conventionally driven cars that have the potential to be environmentally-neutral."
That statement may come true sooner than expected, as the Chinese really want it. Their desire is supported by the fact that, after becoming the largest producer and consumer of methanol in the world in 2007, nearly one billion gallons of bioethanol were mixed with gasoline in China, as autoblog reports. In addition, many fueling stations across the country provide customers with methanol fuel.
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