Here in the US, millions of flex-fuel vehicles were sold before significant numbers of E85 stations began to open. Over in Thailand there were already two E85 stations before the first car was even sold. Volvo
has launched two E85 capable flex-fuel models in the south-east Asian country. The S80
sedan is assembled locally from a knock down kit while the C30
is imported. The S80 is powered by a 2.5L five cylinder turbo while the C30 gets a 1.8L four cylinder. Like Swedish compatriots Saab
, Volvo has promoted flex-fuel vehicles in Europe but has not yet offered them in the US market. Bangkok is expected to have 15 E85 stations by sometime in 2009. It's not known where the E85 in Thailand is coming from, but odds are it's not corn ethanol
from the US.