General Motors Holden Ltd., the firm's Australian branch, announced plans to construct a plant that will turn discarded rubbish into usable fuel. The waste-to-ethanol processing facility will be capable of transforming 1.1 million tons of trash into 52.8 million gallons of ethanol yearly. The facility will be built in the Australian state of Victoria and the ethanol produced within the complex will be used in a range of blended fuels, including E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline), and sold at local Caltex Australia Ltd. stations under the name of Bio E-Flex.
GM Holden's recently launched flex-fuel-capable VE Series II Commodore lineup of vehicles are the company's first Australian-made cars capable of running on E85. Once the waste-to-ethanol facility is complete, owners of Holden's Series II models will be able to fill up with Bio E-Flex, a fuel that is 85 renewable and claimed to reduce "well to wheel" emissions by as much as 40 percent.