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Drivers still steering clear of E10 biofuel

The Local · 19 Mar 2011, 11:38

Published: 19 Mar 2011 11:38 GMT+01:00

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The survey, carried out by the German automobile club ADAC and published in the magazine Der Spiegel, found that 40 percent of drivers do not believe that the fuel, with its 10 percent bioethanol content, will help the environment.

Some 36 percent said they were concerned the gas might damage their car engines and just under 10 percent fear that the fuel blend will lower fuel efficiency.

The ongoing unpopularity of E10 has depleted stocks of traditional grades as drivers decide to fill up with what they know and trust.

The German government has come under intense criticism for its handling of the fuel's introduction, with many saying it failed to inform the public which cars could safely drive on the new gasoline.

While the fuel is suitable for most cars, gas efficiency does fall slightly.

Two weeks ago, a "fuel summit" between the government and oil companies sought to find ways to address the problems with E10's acceptance, including launching an information campaign clearly laying out which cars could run on the new fuel.

Oil company Esso has decided to promote E10 by lowering the price at selected filling stations, according to Saturday's edition of the newspaper Bild.

"We committed ourselves at the fuel summit to doing all we could to increase the acceptance of E10, but unfortunately we haven't been successful with our educational efforts," company spokesman Gabriele Radke told the newspaper.

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13:40 March 19, 2011 by SockRayBlue
Stick to your guns Germany. In the US we're so stupid we use food (corn) for gasoline. Now a bushel of corn that sold for $1.50 is selling for over $7.00. Are we horses asses or what?
13:54 March 19, 2011 by tallady
Bio fuel is not the correct approach. The idea started with processing bio waste into fuel and has escalated into producing crops specific for this ,there by reducing farm land once used for food products.To support bio fuel is to support higher food cost.
16:13 March 19, 2011 by adipk
I think its a nice idea. Coz the have calculated all stuff. If food prices are out of control and people dont have enough to eat than Govt will give this bio fuel instead of food.

@sockray: you are right but i think some places they are forcing people to buy this sh&t. Coz i have some picture on newspaper.
23:41 March 19, 2011 by krautrock
Good that many don't believe this stuff will help the environment. Producing gas with food is a foolish idea.

Germans seems to be using their brain well when it's about cars. Maybe not for other things but surely when it'a about their car.
06:59 March 20, 2011 by Wrench
With more and more fuel efficient cars being produced, why not more efficient fuel. Why can't those billions of dollars in profit the oil company makes each quarter go to development of better fuel.
12:03 March 21, 2011 by nolibs
I won't buy this fuel if at all possible. I drove out of my way by a good 20k until I found a station with normal Super in stock.

Sure, my car can use this fuel, but why do I want to use a fuel that gives me lower fuel mileage? Let's not forget that for every tank, you encourage the use of farmland for fuel rather than food as well as SockRayBlue pointed out.
22:09 March 22, 2011 by ColoSlim
Most corn produced in the U.S. is used to feed animals or make processed junk food or anything with corn syrup. Nobody would otherwise use the land until it makes them enough money to make it worth their while. To keep this in perspective, if you eat meat you waste far more farm land than by using ethanol; gram of beef per kilometer driven. Using farm land to make fuel however is hard on the environment as raps plants and corn can be heavily fertilized and sprayed with pesticide. Germans are developing consumer habits similar to the U.S. in that they are driving longer distances to larger chain food stores instead of buying from a small store at the S-Bahn station on the way home on the train. There are consequences for each of our smallest actions.
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