Ethanol consumption is expected to rise by 46% this year to 2 million litres per day, driven by new eco-car sales, according to the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency.

Director-general Krairit Nilkuha said the increase in ethanol use could reduce petrol consumption by 10% or about 20-21 million litres per day.

“Many car assemblers in Thailand will start production of flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs) with smaller engines within this year and this will offer good potential for renewable energy development,” said Mr Krairit.

Thailand to date has produced 700,000 units of E20-fuelled cars and 4,373 FFVs. Honda and General Motors plan to produce FFVs this year with Toyota next year.

The use of E20, a blend of 20% ethanol and 80% petrol, has doubled to 600,000 litres per day this month from December last year, while E85 gasohol, a blend of 85% crop-derived ethanol and 15% petrol, has risen to 17,500 litres a day from 11,000 in the same period.

(Source: Bangkok Post, 9 Jun 2011)

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