Flex-fuel pledges is a hot topic in the US as both General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. issued press releases related to this topic. GM claims that it leads in the production of flex-fuel vehicles and that it has raised its annual flex-fuel car production level to more than 850,000 units. This figure is 55% higher than what was posted in 2006.
GM said that more than 5 million of the 7.5 million flex-fuel cars and trucks that are located in North America wear GM brands badges.
GM's 2010 model range has 17 flex-fuel capable models that are able to run on E85 ethanol, gasoline or any combination of the two. This summer, the 2011 Buick Regal will be introduced. This move will make GM the first automaker to offer flex-fuel capability on a four-cylinder direct injection turbocharged engine.
Mike Robinson, GM vice president, environment, energy and safety policy, said that biofuels are the "best near-term solution to reduce dependence on petroleum, expand our nation's energy portfolio and reduce the carbon footprint of driving." The company expects over 8.5 million flex-fuel vehicles to be on the road by 2012. He said that this figure exceeds a pledge made in 2006 as well as surpassing the potential to lower the CO2 footprint of driving more than 6.8 million tons per year.