I reported a few days ago on Saab Australia providing a BioPower 9-5 for the Queensland government’s vehicle fleet for evaluation.
At the time, the source report indicated that whilst it was a noble gesture, the car would be running on E10 at best, as E85 isn’t available here in Australia. It also indicated that they wouldn’t be getting an actual Biopower car until January.
I’ve received an encouraging clarification on that issue from Saab Australia, who will also be seeking a correcting report from the original publication, Drive.
I have sent a note of clarification to drive regarding their report on the Queensland Government testing BioPower.
– Our BioPower cars for the program have arrived in Australia.
– Currently they are running on Premium Unleaded, but from next week they will be on E85.
We are working with local ethanol producers – Manildra have been particularly supportive towards our program – to ensure steady supply of E85 both for the launch in Queensland and the capital cities for the follow up fleet, media and government BioPower test cars.
So, the QFleet BioPower will run on E85.
This is great news and a good initiative. It means that the Queensland trial will be a genuine trail, as will the press trials in the car.