New vehicles capable of running on up to 85 percent ethanol are the stars of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year, according to the Detroit Free Press.
For the first time, several automakers unveiled concept and production models capable of burning E85, the blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline backed by Detroit automakers as the most viable option for reducing U.S. oil imports. Even Toyota Motor Corp. jumped on the bandwagon, announcing its new Tundra pickup would offer an E85 version in the 2009 model year.
“If people are serious about reducing imported oil, this is the best thing you can do fast,” General Motors Corp. Chairman Rick Wagoner told journalists at the auto show preview. “There’s no question it’s a good thing to do. Can’t see why anyone would be against it.”