Saab Sweden Sells 100,000th BioPower Saab

Posted on 03. Jun, 2008 by in 2000-2009, Sweden

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile Sweden

Saab Automobile Sweden has recently sold their 100,000th BioPower (E-85) capable Saab.

The tax incentives, congestion waivers, lower priced e-85, better performance and significantly reduced C02 have all been significant contributors to these sales.

Having literally witnessed the prices and ubiquitious availability of E-85 in Sweden last summer during the Saab Festival, I can assure you that it’s a logical and obvious choice to go to BioPower.

This milestone is another contributor towards Sweden’s efforts to be off of fossil fuels by 2020.

Here is a snippet from Saab Sweden’s recent press release to reduce CO2:

The market for E85 flex-fuelled cars is booming. Saab, the largest seller of flex-fuel cars in Europe, recently delivered the 100,000th flex-fuel car in the Swedish market – a Saab 9-3 BioPower. In fact, Saab BioPower models have been the main contributor to Sweden’s leading position in the switch to renewable fuels within Europe.

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2 Responses to “Saab Sweden Sells 100,000th BioPower Saab”

  1. theirritablearchitect

    04. Jun, 2008

    “The tax incentives, congestion waivers, lower priced e-85..”

    This all has little to do with the actual economic viability of it, and is probably due to the exorbitant tax structure that artificially suppresses the costs of bio-based fuels. This has been the case for years in Germany, with rapeseed being used as a subsidized crop for its biodiesel compatible oil. The heavier taxes levied on gasoline make the diesel more attractive.

    With Sweden’s short growing season and limited arable land, I’m rather curious about their sources for E85. They just can’t be doing it within their own borders, and therefore, must be importing it, presumably via ship. I just don’t view these types of scenarios as being nearly as “sustainable” as they are claimed to be.

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  2. Ryan

    05. Jun, 2008

    Theirritablearchitect,

    Thanks for your comment. Your right on about Sweden’s growing season and internal economic sustainability and that’s why Sweden imports their ethanol from Brazil actually.

    Check out the link here where Sweden will be lifting import duties on the ethanol due in part to President of Brazil, Lula da Silva’s visit in September. This still needs EU acceptance.

    http://ethanolandbiodiesel.typepad.com/blog/2007/09/lula-convinces-.html

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