Brazil Goes Back on Decision to Stop Making Ethanol Cars

The Brazilian automobile industry revised its decision to stop manufacturing cars that run exclusively on alcohol as of 2006.

According to the president of the Energy and Environment Committee of the National Association of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (Anfavea), Henry Joseph Júnior, these vehicles should continue to be manufactured, and production may even be increased.

"At the time flexible fuel was launched in 2003, we had the impression that flex-fuel cars – powered by either alcohol or gasoline – would replace ethanol-driven vehicles – which run exclusively on alcohol -, but this did not prove to be the case.

"The forecast has already been revised. Nowadays, there is even a possibility that the production of alcohol-driven vehicles will expand," he affirmed.

Joseph Júnior explained that the decision to continue producing ethanol-driven vehicles took into account the demand received by the automobile industry from consumers.

According to the automobile industry representative, even after the launching of flex-fuel cars, the sale of alcohol-driven vehicles has held steady at around 4,000 vehicles per year.

The Anfavea informs that, to date, 6 million alcohol-driven cars have been produced and sold in the country. In 2003, the year of the organization’s most recent consolidated report, it estimated that 3.4 million of the 17 million passenger cars circulating in Brazil were alcohol-driven.

According to the organization’s press office, the number of flex-fuel cars produced and sold since the technology was launched in 2003 amounts to nearly 1 million vehicles.

Agência Brasil

Tags:

You May Also Like

Brazil’s Pantanal, a Biosphere Reserve, in Danger of Disappearing in 45 years

At an average annual devastation rate of 2.3%, the Pantanal, the world’s largest flood ...

Brazilian House Ready to Expel Man Who Denounced Kickback Scheme in Congress

This afternoon the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies is scheduled to vote on a motion ...

Solitario Searching for Gold and Platinum in Brazil

Solitario Resources Corporation announced that drilling on its Pedra Branca platinum-palladium (“PGM”) project in ...

Brazilians Expecting Pro-Jobs Package from Government This Week

In Brazil inflation was down in November amid a slowing economy and dwindling consumer ...

Brazilian jail

Brazilian Inmates Terrorize, “Kidnap” and Kill by Phone

Brazil's latest creative contribution to crime comes from inside Brazilian prisons. It's the dial-a-kidnapping, ...

Brazil Lula’s Refusal of a Third Term Sends Message to Caudillo Chávez

With the Brazilian presidential election approaching in October 2010, potential candidates have started to ...

Brazil Finds New Huge Oilfield, Possibly World’s Third Largest

Brazil keeps finding huge new oil fields. The director general of Brazil's National Petroleum, ...

Subway Landslide in Brazil Swallows Bus, Cars and Trucks. 7 Feared Dead

At least seven people are disappeared and feared dead following a landslide this afternoon ...

Brazil Blackout Hit 50 Million, 18 States and Gave Weapon to Opposition

Itaipu, the world's largest operational hydroelectric dam,  which on Tuesday caused a four hour ...

19 Countries in Brazil to Buy Her Shrimp

Entrepreneurs from 19 countries, including Spain, France, Italy, and England, are participating in the ...