Diesel and gasoline at 2 euros, E85 ethanol tempts the French

rotary height; French motorists are increasingly tempted by ethanol or E85 fuel. Logic: the financial favorite in France, in the Paris region a liter costs just over 0.80 euros at the pump, versus 2 euros for 95 unleaded! It is recognized that with E85, consumption is about a quarter higher. But the savings are still great. Suddenly, with the prices that unleaded and diesel at the pump reached at the beginning of 2022, manufacturers of ethanol conversion kits, particularly Bioengines and Flexfuel Energy Development, are boasting record-breakers. The rise in ethanol conversions actually reached 700% in the first quarter, compared to the same period in 2021, according to a study by data aggregator NGC-Data and the trade journal. Argos.

Even if the volumes in absolute terms remain relatively low, only 9220 special vehicles have been adapted. These transformations mainly concern old vehicles. Thus nearly a third of conversions were made on models over eight years old, especially Renault, Peugeot, Citroen and Dacia. Renault Clio in first place, ahead of Dacia Sandero and Citroen C3. Even ten Porsche owners have taken this step. No problem with this fuel! More than 2,800 service stations distribute the super ethanol in France. This is double what it was in 2019. Since all fuels can be used randomly in these vehicles, there is no danger of running out of fuel.

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