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Ethanol: can hybrid vehicles run on E85?

Driving on bioethanol saves money at the pump. It therefore seems perfectly suited to hybrid cars. We explain …

Choosing the ideal vehicle is very difficult. Between thermal and electric, builders have also adopted hybridization. Sometimes light (48V system…), complete for others (full-hybrid, FHEV…) or rechargeable (PHEV). And with the current price of gasoline, it is smart to ask the question of bioethanol, otherwise found under the name E85 at the pump. Can we choose this type of fuel with these electrified vehicles?

The E85 box, the ideal solution

Hybrid vehicles work the same way as thermals. All modern fuels already have a certain percentage of ethanol (10% for the SP95-E10 for example) and the cars have therefore been adapted. When you add E85 to an engine, however, management may be lost and the block may malfunction. A reprogramming, although less recommended, may do the trick with a professional.

The other solution is to convert your vehicle using an E85 box. The kit and its mandatory installation by a professional cost between 700 and 1,400 €

depending on the model and manufacturer. But your car will then be approved as running on E85 in the eyes of the law. This modification on a hybrid vehicle often has the merit of making reduce overconsumption due to the addition of ethanol. Indeed, it is regularly observed that this does not exceed 10%.

New vehicles exist!

On a new E85 vehicle, no problem since the manufacturers adapt the mechanics. Only, the new supply is low with 3 manufacturers and sellers end of 2021. At Ford, it comes down to the Kuga FHEV Flexifuel. This one is recently reappeared in the catalog whereas the PHEV version was the only one to have this option, since discontinued.

The group Jaguar-Land Rover also offers a few models: the Jaguar E-Pace, Land Rover Discovery or Ranger Rover Evoque Flexfuel.

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