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Hyundai powers press fleet by ethanol

6 July 2006
Immediate Release

Hyundai powers press fleet by ethanol

In a New Zealand first, the majority of Hyundai’s petrol powered press fleet is now fuelled by an ethanol blend of bio-fuel.

The ten percent ethanol blend has been available for some time to motoring journalists using Hyundai’s Auckland press fleet and is now available to motoring journalists in Wellington and Christchurch.

“The benefits of ethanol blend fuel can now be fully appreciated by the rest of the country’s motoring journalists,” said Hyundai Managing Director, Philip Eustace.

Bio-ethanol blended fuel reduces overall carbon dioxide emissions whilst also having a higher octane rating than straight 91 octane petrol.

Hyundai New Zealand is at the forefront of promoting bio-fuels as a readily available, economic alternative as the world grapples with ever increasing fuel costs and uncertain refinery capacity.

Current Hyundai diesels can also take a 5% bio-fuel blend, including the new Hyundai Santa Fe SUV.

Bio-diesel blended fuel has lower particulate emissions, lower green house causing carbon dioxide emissions and improved fuel lubrication in engine systems. Being non-toxic, it is also biodegradable and the break down of blended diesel is sped up in the event of any spills.

Hyundai has received national recognition for its efforts in promoting ethanol blended fuels, winning the 2006 AA Environmental Award last year. Hyundai’s E10 capability is three times greater than guidelines likely to be set at 3 percent.

The greening of the Hyundai fleet has also been reflected in overseas awards, with the Hyundai Accent being recognised as one of the “Greenest vehicles for 2006” by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.

The Accent took place alongside other renowned “green” vehicles consisting predominately of hybrids including the Toyota Prius and the Honda Civic Hybrid.

Philip Eustace said, that given high fuel prices look here to stay, it was imperative the government follow Hyundai’s lead and begin exploring sustainable, affordable initiatives to alternative fuels.


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