Ethanol Commodore to debut in 2010

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Published 3 September 2020

And he says Holden is working with US biofuel firm Coskata to develop a plant that manufactures ethanol from grass clippings, wood chips and household rubbish. Coskata already has an agreement with General Motors in America.

Reuss says Coskata makes its bio-fuels by using micro-organisms to break down waste and convert it to ethanol rather than by the more common conversion of food crops.

That’s in line with Holden’s wish to help develop a fuel using ethanol produced from non-edible plants which need 30 percent less water to grow.

Reuss says the E85-fuelled Commodores will be available with V6 and V8 engines and will be more powerful than current petrol versions, because E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent petrol, is higher octane.

He says Holden hopes announcing an ethanol-fuelled Commodore will trigger the expansion of ethanol to a countrywide network of filling stations.

Holden plans to reduce its vehicles’ dependence on imported oil by measures that include improving petrol and diesel vehicles’ fuel efficiency, replacing oil with Australian-made alternatives, introducing hybrid petrol-electric vehicles and marketing more LPG-fuelled models like the Commodore Ute pictured.

Reuss deflected questions about rumours that Holden will again market a four-cylinder Commodore. The last Holden four was in the late 1980s VN, though the brand has sold four-cylinder engined Commodore and Statesman models in Asia.