Bio-ethanol E85 fuel launched in NZ through Gull

April 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Holden New Zealand and Gull service stations has just announced that E85 bio-fuel will go on sale in New Zealand for the first time.

Gull will open its first pump, selling as Gull Force Pro, in Hamilton today (14 April) and is expected to increase the number of sites throughout the country as demand grows.

Holden’s Energy and Environment Director Richard Marshall said the ethanol-blend fuel, also known as E85, would be suitable for 3.0 litre V6 and V8 models in the latest Holden Commodore VE Series II range.

The E85 fuel will be sold at Gull with an opening price of $2.26 per litre with a 5 cents per litre opening special. Early adopters of this eco-fuel can expect a increase in power from its higher octane rating but also an increase in fuel usage due to it containing less energy than conventional petrol.

“In a major step towards creating a cleaner New Zealand fuel landscape, VE Series II customers who purchase models powered by 3.0 Litre SIDI V6 or 6.0 Litre V8 engines will be able to run their cars on this high ethanol blend fuel, which can reduce vehicle CO emissions by between 35-50 per cent when compared to petrol*,” Mr Marshall said.

Gull Force Pro is a fuel blend of 85 per cent ethanol with 15 per cent petrol. While flex-fuel vehicles in the Series II range are capable of running on this fuel, they can also run on E10, unleaded, premium or any combination. Continue reading “Bio-ethanol E85 fuel launched in NZ through Gull” »

Chevrolet Volt to launch in NZ as Holden Volt

November 18th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Ahead of its New Zealand launch as the Holden Volt in 2012, the Chevrolet Volt has been named 2011 Car of the Year by some renowned US motoring publications.

Holden’s Energy and Environment Director Richard Marshall is chuffed about the accolades and is going large with his claims that the Volt would have a significant impact when launched in New Zealand. “We committed in 2008 to bring Volt to New Zealand, recognising then, that this vehicle represented game-changing technology for the auto industry,” Marshall said.

“When it arrives locally, Volt will make driving more economical, better for the environment and will change the way we think about alternative transport solutions.”

The Volt has been described in the press as “a fully functional, no-compromise compact automobile that offers consumers real benefits in terms of lower running costs.”

Many of these benefits are due to the Volt’s ultra modern propulsion system. As the world’s first electric vehicle with extended range capability, the Chevrolet Volt has a total driving range of about 550 kilometres depending on driving style and conditions.

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