Using motor fuels that are a blend of gasoline and ethanol is not knew. In fact, Brazil has been using ethanol since the 1970s. Nowadays, roughly 40% of cars in Brazil run on 100% ethanol. Brazil’s progressive actions were a result of a high gasoline prices due to the Middle East oil embargo in 1973. It took several decades to develop the ethanol production industry to the levels required to sustain such widespread use of gasohol. In 2004, Brazil was rated as the world’s largest producer of ethanol.
Thailand has been one of the countries attempting to follow in Brazil’s footsteps. Currently, Thailand’s production of ethanol would not even meet the needs of a small amount of Thai motorists buying cars capable of running on pure ethanol. This means that for now, an ethanol blend is the most logical fuel for the current car market and ethanol supply. As cars start coming on the market that are specifically designed to run on fuel that consists of a large percentage of ethanol or pure ethanol, the ethanol production and supply needs to build up to meet the demand. The Flexi-Fuel engine is suitable to both pure ethanol and belended gasohol and is ideal for transitioning to an ethanol-based motor fuel economy.
Problems associated with gasohol
After extolling the many benefits of gasohol, it is time took at some of the negative aspects of gasohol use.
- Production In order to replace regular gasoline with gasohol completely, there must be a large investment of time and money to ensure that ethanol production increases rapidly enough to meet the motor fuel demand.
- Reduced Fuel Economy For fuel injected cars, there is a 2% drop in fuel economy when using gasohol. That means that you get slightly fewer kilometers per liter compared to regular gasoline. However, if you consider the amount of money you save each time you fill up, it is still cheaper to use gasohol.
- Not all cars can use gasohol It is unlikely that gasohol will damage your car engine, but that is the greatest fear of non-gasohol users. If your car is newer, check the car manual to see if it is capable of using gasohol or check with the manufacturer.
As a whole, Thailand’s use of gasohol is a step in the directly of finding alternative fuels that are derived from renewable resources. The global demand for oil has resulted in high fuel prices and has taken a huge toll of the Earth’s environment as well. The benefits of using gasohol outweigh the problems by in large. It really is a win-win situation where the motorist saves money on gasoline, the Earth benefits from fewer harmful emissions and the local Thai economy will grow economically and become more independent of imported oil.
Whether or not ethanol blended fuels will be the ultimate solution to the question of alternative motor fuels in Thailand is unknown. There are other alternative fuels such as NGV and LPG that are used primarily by taxis and vans. It is possible that these fuels will provide a better solution in the end, or even a new fuel solution that has not become mainstream yet. For the immediate future, however, gasohol and future Flexi-Fuel cars, which can run on ethanol and blended fuels, will provide lots of benefits to your pocket, your health and the world.