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For 2009, General Motors is adding four more vehicles to the existing eleven that are capable of running on E85 but more than likely never will. The latest entry is Buick's big sedan, the Lucerne. Currently the Lucerne is available with Buick's old 3.8L V-6 that isn't long for this world and the 4.6L NorthStar V-8. The flex-fuel Lucerne will use the same 3.9L V-6 installed in the Chevy Impala. Other models picking up flex-fuel capability for 2009 include the Hummer H2 and Chevy HHR. GM has committed to making half of its fleet flex-fuel capable by 2012, and now we just need some stations where people can buy ethanol and some cellulosic ethanol in mass production.

[Source: General Motors]

Buick Lucerne Joins GM FlexFuel Lineup for 2009

Ability to Use Cleaner, Renewable Fuel Offered at No Cost to Customer


ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The 2009 Buick Lucerne sedan will join General Motors' industry-leading lineup of flex-fuel vehicles that can run on either ordinary gasoline or E85, or any combination of the two, GM Vice President of Environment, Energy and Safety Policy Beth Lowery said Thursday.

The Lucerne, the first flex-fuel capable Buick passenger car, will be among more than 15 GM models with flex-fuel capability in 2009, up from 11 offerings this year.

"We continue to believe that ethanol used in high blends like E85 offers the best near-term solution to offset increased oil demand," Lowery said at the Department of Energy's Biomass Conference. "There are more than 7 million vehicles today that can use E85. The key is to increase the number of stations that offer the fuel."

E85 ethanol (a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline), is a cleaner-burning alternative fuel that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 23 percent compared with gasoline.

GM has committed to make half of its US production flex-fuel capable by 2012 providing the infrastructure is in place. GM built more than 1 million flex-fuel capable vehicles worldwide last year. It is committed to helping to speed cellulosic ethanol to market via its partnership with Coskata Inc., which can make ethanol from a range of renewable sources.

For Buick, the FlexFuel-capable Lucerne is a no-cost option for consumers.

"Using E85 fuel is an easy choice for consumers to make a difference for the environment and to reduce oil dependence," said Buick-Pontiac-GMC General Manager Jim Bunnell.

The Lucerne is the latest vehicle announced for the 2009 GM FlexFuel lineup. The four-cylinder Chevrolet HHR was revealed at the Chicago Auto Show in February and the Hummer H2 and H2 SUT were announced in March as part of the opening of the first public E85 pumps owned by a dealership, Classic Chevrolet-Hummer in Grapevine, Texas.


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      • 1 Month Ago
      I think you're forgetting that GM is still a business that would some day like to make a profit again and the fact is there are various federal and/or state gov't incentives for manufacturers to produce these vehicles. If it does not cost more to implementing a technology than the value gov't incentive provides, be it cash or a MPG or two in CAFE exemption, why would a manufactures not push the product out the door?

      I know if your tax accountant could find legal ways to get you more money back on your taxes, you'd be all for it, even if your neighbor thinks you make too much money already.

      The fact that some E85 sources may not make the best sense goes hand in hand with the folks that brought us the incentives.
      • 1 Month Ago
      We bought a full tank of E85 for our Sequoia, which ordinarily averages 17.5 mpg. The mileage dropped to 12 mpg with ethanol. Out here in the West one could easily wind up stranded given the uncertainties of biofuels and given that we tend to have a lot of wide open space without gas stations.
      • 1 Month Ago
      Alternative fuel locator:

      http://afdcmap2.nrel.gov/locator/

      There doesn't seem to be any public hydrogen stations within 1000 miles of where I live, but there are a few E85 within 50 miles, and a couple within 25.
      • 1 Month Ago
      E-85 is a great solution in cleaning up polution and avoiding foreign oil and stopping big oil from gouging the American public. It's the best solution we have now. Unless you prefer to pay $4.00 per gallon. GM is developing many other options for alternative fuel. The Jap's have nothing going they will wait for the American manufactures to develop the motors then copie as they always have.
      • 1 Month Ago
      I have a vehicle that burns E85 and I would love to use it. I also have fuel stations locally that have it. However, it is 1/3 less efficient than gasoline. It needs to be priced at least $1.00 per gallon less than gas to be worth using. In my area it is priced .30 to .50 less than gas.
      • 1 Month Ago
      I can't believe so many folks haven't heard of GM's involvement with Coskata, a start-up ethanol firm that claims it can make ethanol for $1 per gallon. Just google 'Coskata' and you'll find plenty of reading.
      • 1 Month Ago
      Ethanol: fuel for starvation.
      • 1 Month Ago
      However, considering that it is a Buick fossil fuels seem more appropriate when you consider that the average driver is a fossil themselves.
      Drake
      • 1 Month Ago
      @Tom and Ted Kennedy
      Now we get to the real issue. You don't like E85 because it costs more to use per mile driven. Sounds like you could care less about our energy crisis, dependence on foreign oil, and CO2 footprint. To you, it is all about how much it costs you personally. Screw everyone else, right? I could care less, I just want you to be honest. Its about the money, ain't it?

      At least the domestics are giving us Americans options. I don't think Toyota sells one flex fuel vehicle. You may burn less oil in a Prius, but its not 85% less. That's what E85 means people. 85% less oil. Think about it.
      • 1 Month Ago
      E-85 is not only less efficient a power source, getting 25 - 30% less mileage per gallon, but it requires more energy to produce than it saves. Furthermore, its emissions are worse that that of standard gasoline, especially for asthmatics. The only winners of the ethanol scam are the producers and the politicians who voted for funding said scam who receive wonderful campaign contributions from the corn / farm lobby.
      • 1 Month Ago
      Nothing like an ethanol post to bring 'em out.

      Sam, I want you to picture a one-gallon gas can. Now fill it with E85 instead of gasoline. Then multiply by 20 million.

      That's how much E85 was sold in one state (MN) last year. There are 170,000 FFVs on our roads right now, and 350+ stations to buy E85. It CAN work, and we are proof.


      • 1 Month Ago
      The lack of E85 is a coastal state problem thant the middle states or "real America" doesn't have. It is the typical urban biased myopic view that we see in the media that ignores the majority of States.
      Yes, E85 has a distribution problem in the states that are not supporting it. They said the same thing about cell phones a few years ago as well.
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