They get their ethanol from cows, drink black beer, can talk anyone under the table and they’re surrounded by green. Once a year they let their best footballers play against us Aussies and get the daylights beaten out of them. Our latest “Australian Idol” winner is one of them. My stepson’s about to head there and can’t wait to catch up with what he reckons are the friendliest people he’s met on his round-the-world trip.
They’re the Irish.
And if I were living among them I’d be having some fun with this. When Saab GB director Jonathon Nash talls about proper government incentives to promote the use of green technologies, this is a prime example of what he’d like to see.
In Ireland, the Saab 9-5 Linear with 2.0t Biopower costs 46,170 Euros.
BUT – take a look at this…..
The BioPower Saab is the first premium car on the Irish market to run on E85 and joins the Ford Focus Flexifuel as Ireland’s latest environmentally friendly car. Like the Ford, the Saab can run on either E85 or unleaded petrol or any mixture of the two.
Also like the Ford, the 2.0-litre turbo-charged 9-5 benefits from a 50 per cent Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) rebate. This brings the base model’s price to under €40,000, which represents a saving of over €6,000 on the standard petrol-fuelled model.
So, we have a Biopower 9-5 capable of an extra 30hp over it’s petrol filled brother and we’ve got about 6,000 Euros to spare!!
What can we do with that?
Why not lob over to Hirsch and get the Hirsch Biopower upgrade for 1,100 Euros and boost your performance by another 40hp. Your torque is also way up from a seemingly nonsenical 240Nm (standard petrol) to a chrome-sucking 340Nm on E85. The diagram below is for the petrol version with the Hirsch upgrade. Shouldn’t that upper line be in green?
You’ve done all this for less than the price of the standard petrol model. Your fuel economy will be down a bit, but Ireland’s 104RON cowjuice ethanol is 30 cents per litre cheaper than regular 95RON unleaded.
More go, less cash and somewhere in the mix you’re emitting less bad stuff too.