• May 6th 2009 at 5:28PM
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Lotus Exige 270E Tri-Fuel - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Could the Lotus Exige 270E Tri-Fuel enter production? According to a post on Lotus Enthusiast, that's an entirely real possibility due to interest from Youngman Auto, which is the British automaker's Chinese partner. It seems that the Tri-Fuel was a big hit at the recent Shanghai Motor Show, leading Youngman to submit a formal application to Lotus requesting that the car be built for the Chinese market with the hope that sales could begin sometime before the end of the year.

First unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008, The Lotus Exige 270E Tri-Fuel is capable of running on gasoline, ethanol or methanol. In 2007, China became both the world's largest producer and consumer of methanol fuel. Last year, nearly one billion gallons of methanol were blended with gasoline in China, and many retail pumps offer various blends of methanol to consumers. Thanks for the tip, Taylor!

[Source: Lotus Enthusiast]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I have, and always will, fail to see the point in developing engines that can run on alcohol blends. While it may increase horsepower, the benefits stop there. Producing enough ethanol and methanol to greatly reduce our oil dependence would put too much of a demand on agriculture, causing food prices to skyrocket (with current production methods anyway). Automanufacturers should focus their attention (and development dollars) elsewhere.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not to mention the already shrinking water resources that need to be used for bio fuel production.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Is that the case for sugar cane alcohol? Brazil has been doing it for years. I'm not trying to be rhetorical. I'm just wondering.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really want this car. But I'll settle for my Fiesta!