While it seems General Motor's
been stomping all over its domestic rival Ford Motor Co
. on the biodiesel
issue, apparently that's because Blue Oval's just been keeping its alternative fuel
cards close to its...er...hood. Volvo
, one of Ford's
Premier Automotive Group, has developed models that can be equipped to use either the biofuel
E85 or bi-fuel, which is a combination of gasoline and methane. Currently, the Volvo S40
and the V50
can run on E85. Both are sold in Sweden where the fuel is more readily accessible. Bi-fuel, on the other hand, can be used by properly equipped models such as the S60
to the V70
. Unlike biodiesel, gasoline and methane are held in separate tanks. The engine runs primarily on the latter; gasoline is only used to start the car or if it runs out of methane.
Bi-fuel vehicles are only available in Europe.