Team Ethanol continue their World Solar Challenge…

…and it sounds like they’re pretty impressed with the BioPower 9-5 they’re driving. They still haven’t released detailed figures yet, but a quick look at things says that they’re achieving 10.5 litres per 100 kms.

Now, they’re running a 2.0 BioPower car imported by Saab Oz from the UK. There’s no figures for a 2.0 on the Saab Oz website, but the 2.3 BioPower unit here in Australia uses 6.8 litres per 100 on the highway (official figures). So 10.5 seems like a lot at first glance….BUT….they’re carrying a full load of people and luggage and driving with the aircon on all the time. They’re also a lot faster than the solar powered vehicles, so they’re making a number of stops along the way rather than just highway driving.

Team Ethanol have also got some news coming with regard to the emissions from the vehicle:

To end the day on a high note, we desperately needed some exhaust gas analysis before we switched over to ULP. So Syd, our resident mechanical magician traipsed all over town to track down Street Torque Dyno Dynamics, the only Dyno and exhaust gas analyst between here and Adelaide. Now Syd is not easily impressed, but he came back from the testing jumping out of his skin, wild eyed and babbling nearly incoherently. Apparently the tester had never seen Dyno or gas analysis results anywhere near the Saab’s readings. Sorry to be a tease, but until we get the printouts tomorrow and check them over properly can’t say much more…except that there is some seriously good mechanical hardware under the hood!

It’ll be interesting to see what all that’s about.

Head on over and check out all that Team Ethanol and their Saab 9-5 BioPower have been up to.

Photo taken out by the Devil’s Marbles. TE’s Flickr album, full of shots of the Aussie outback is here.

Saab 9-5 BioPower

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  1. Promising emissions data would be very advantageous in “selling” consumers and governments on E85.

    According to the Saab Global website the 2.0t BioPower 9⁵ Combi should get (adding 30% to the gasoline fuel consumption figures) 9l/100km highway and 16.3l/100km city (11.7l/100km combined) when running on E85.

    So that 10.5l/100km seems entirely within reason, especially considering the load, as you mentioned. For you Americans reading this 10.5 liters per 100 km traveled is equivalent to 22.4 miles per U.S. gallon.

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