Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2005 06:31:30 -0400
From: "Tex" <>
Subject: Re: SAAB Bi-Power

"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). 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. - tex

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