French car maker Renault is moving towards going green with the launch later this month in France of bioethanol-fuelled versions of it Megane cars. It is Renault’s first launch of biofuel vehicles in the European market.
The company has been selling bioethanol versions of the Clio and Megane in Brazil since 2004.
They use an adapted version of a Renault engine with a modified fuel tank, fuel injection system and combustion chamber.
The cars run on E85 bioethanol, which is 15% petrol and 85% biofuel, or ordinary unleaded petrol as well as any combination of the two.
The bioethanol fueled vehicles will cost 200 euros more, but there are tax breaks for them in France. Bioethanol is made by distilling fermented vegetable matter.
Meanwhile Carlos Ghosn, the head of Nissan and Renault, speaking in Japan, said they will wait to see the market’s preference between hybrid and diesel cars before deciding which to pursue.