Originally posted by minutiesabotage@Feb 23 2004, 05:29 PM
With gas prices going up to $3/gal this summer, I am curious...what would need to be done to turn a normal vulcan into a FFV?
Car companies have taken heat recently in the news for "alternative fuel cars" that use non-gasoline products. There are only something like 350 ethanol-85 filling stations in the US currently, and they are mostly in the midwest. However, millions of cars that have the ability to use ethanol fuel are sold each year on the basis that someday you will be able to use ethanol gas.
Car companies are taking heat because they are making these claims and selling their cars on this point, yet the pollutants they put out are MORE than the average car.
When a car is designated "fuel flex" or the like, the government allows less emissions restrictions on the car, as a bonus for making the car "flex fuel friendly". This is done because the general thinking is that alternative fuels will become popular in the near future. However, the reality is that alternative fuels are many years, perhaps decades away from being readily available, and that car companies are taking advantage of this feature to make less fuel efficient cars that are more pollutive.
If I find the story on CNN again, ill post it.
In other words, if you want a FFV vulcan, youre probably better off buying one. And if you buy one, I dont think youll see the benefits in the near future.