Ricardo Displays EBDI Engine in Washington

Automotive manufacturer Ricardo, together with Growth Energy, a green energy lobbyist, will display during the Washington Auto Show the highly optimized engine fueled on ethanol called EBDI. Following the display, Ricardo plans to build two demonstrator vehicles who will use the EBDI engine.

According to its manufacturer, the engine is developed from a production V6 gasoline engine and will be converted to power two GMC Sierra 3500 HD pickup trucks.

"Ricardo is actively engaged worldwide in developing a wide range of high fuel economy, low carbon technologies aimed at creating practical solutions for a more sustainable transport system for the future," Kent Niederhofer, Ricardo president said in a release.

"While we firmly believe that many of these technologies will be particularly appropriate to individual market sectors, EBDI engine technology offers a uniquely American solution for a wide range of vehicle applications, combining extreme optimized flex-fuel engine technology offering high fuel economy, low emissions and uncompromised performance using a source of renewable fuel produced here in the United States."

"Ethanol is a high-octane, clean-burning fuel, produced right here in the United States. It has the potential to create U.S. jobs while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and it is cleaner than oil. We have known for years that engine technology would catch up with fuel technology - and this project today is proof of that," Jeff Broin, Growth Energy chairman added.

"Demand for ethanol as a transportation fuel is only going to grow in the days to come, because of its low-carbon, renewable qualities. Ethanol is literally the fuel of the future, and now we will have engines in our cars, trucks and tractors that are designed to make the best use of that fuel."
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