Part 1 of this story was concerned with the introduction of the Saab 9-5 Biopower to a conference here in Australia that was meeting to discuss the vialibility of alternative fuels.
As mentioned in Part 1 of this story, Australian drivers in certain areas now have access to blended fuels up to E10, a blend of 10% ethanol and 90% gasoline. Following is a quick overview of the grades of fuel available, the manufacturers and availability.
Shell have an exciting fuel available called Optimax Extreme. This is a blend of 5% ethanol with Shell’s premium unleaded fuel and delivers the highest octane rating in Australia at 100octane.
Optimax Extreme is available through selected Coles Express outlets in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. Check here for locations.
United have two grades of E10 available. ULP-plus is a 95octane fuel and BOOST is a 98octane fuel. Both are E10 blends.
United E10 fuels are available in South Australia, Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
Caltex have E10 blends available, but their website is complete crap and I can’t find much information about them.
They do have this locator page though and you can specify E10 as a search parameter.
BP seem to have a 91 octane fuel only when it comes to E10. I’m currently using BP Ultimate, a 98octane fuel that contains no ethanol, so hopefully they might blend that one and come up with a 100octane fuel to provide some competition with Optimax Extreme.
BP have a Biorewards card that will give you 3 cents off the pump price per litre.
BP’s service station locator tells me that there’s 10 BP outlets selling E10 within 6,522 kms of Hobart.
For those interested Tasmanians reading this article (sorry, that interested Tasmanian – Ben), there’s no E10 currently available here in Tasmania. There is hope however. This article from The Mercury indicates that we could see E10 here by Christmas. My gut feeling from the article is that it’s going to be a more generic E10 in the 91-95 octane range, rather than the 100octane I’d rather see.