General Motors plans to launch 18 Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) in 2009. The GM FFVs, which would be E85 compatible vehicle models, is a substantial increase from the past. The new move is part of General Motors’ commitment to make at least half of its vehicles E85 compatible by 2012. The company has said that biofuels such as E85 are the best the auto industry can look forward to. GM is now targeting to build 50 per cent of its vehicles on the flex-fuel capable mode. This would be a reality by year 2012, if the infrastructure is in place. Infrastructure includes both the availability of the E85 fuel and stations where it is sold. Currently, there are more than 1,600 stations across the US where E85 fuel is available.
GM’s FFVs would cover models ranging from the the four-cylinder Chevrolet HHR small crossover to the full-size Cadillac Escalade ESV luxury utility. As per figures available, GM cars and trucks account for 3 million of the 7 million flex-fuel vehicles on US roads. GM had rolled out 1 million-plus FFV models in North America and Brazil in 2007.
In 2009, GM is planning to launch 18 FFV models of the Chevrolet range such as Avalanche, Express, HHR, HHR Panel, Impala, Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe, GMC models such as Savana, Sierra, Yukon, and Yukon XL; Cadillac models like Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT; Hummer models such as H2 and H2 SUT and the Buick Lucerne.