September 13, 2022

New research confirms ethanol reduces car emissions

Plug-in flex-fuel hybrid vehicles running on E85 fuel with up to 85 percent renewable ethanol are just as climate-friendly as electric vehicles, according to a new study.

Research carried out by consultants at IFPEN – a French public research, innovation and training organization in the fields of energy, transport and the environment – measured and compared the greenhouse-gas emissions of vehicles powered solely by petrol, plug-in flex-fuel hybrids running on E85 and all-electric cars, on the basis of a full life cycle analysis. This method factors in all GHG emissions in connection with the vehicle and its battery (from manufacture to recycling) as well as the energy used (production, refinery, transport, distribution and combustion). The findings were applied to French and European electric power mixes…


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