Date: Tue, 04 Oct 2005 14:00:19 +0100
From: Pooh Bear <>
Subject: Re: SAAB Bi-Power

Tex wrote: > "Paul Halliday" <> wrote in message > > > > > If SAAB is to move away from petrol (and/or diesel) as the primary fuel > > source then this is a good first step. I suppose it depends what kind of > > hand-in-glove relationship GM has with the oil companies. > > It's going to take a bit more than just Saab cars to convince most petrol > dealers to also start vending ethanol based fuels. Without widespread > places which offer e85 fuel these vehicle offerings are moot. I know in > some parts of the US anyway (mostly in the midwestern states where corn > crops are king), ethanol blends are already offered at many fueling stations > (but it's hardly widespread). I believe from what I've heard the Sweden is 'pushing' E85 to reduce dependence on imported oil. It probably does indeed need a government driven incentive to make things change. Left to their own devices, I'm sure that oil companies would prefer not to bother. > Car companies today, including GM, realize that gasoline fuels are > invariably on the decline. Long gone are the days when it was populist to > think the car companies had an overly cozy relationship with the oil > industry. In 20 years, car companies want to sell double the number of > vehicles they are selling today. They know the only way they can > conceivably do this is by coming up with vehicles fueled by non-petroleum > resources. So the more important relationship here is between Saab and GM > itself...will GM want to plunder the Saab technology for use in its other > vehicles? I don't see why it shouldn't That would certainly give the > technology a chance to prolifer. If GM had some brains they might do ! I see no evidence of this. I keep looking at the '06 9-5 and wonder what the hell's going on. Graham

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