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ACE unveils hybrid electric flex fuel vehicle project

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The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) unveiled a vehicle demonstration project at its conference to show how low to net-zero-carbon vehicles powered by ethanol have cleaner lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than plug-in electrics.
There has been a push to net-zero vehicles over the next 10 to 30 years with “net zero” being understood as electric vehicles (EVs).
ACE senior vice president Ron Lamberty drove a Hybrid Electric Ford Fusion he recently purchased to California to install a flex fuel conversion kit on the hybrid.
He drove the now Hybrid Electric Flex Fuel Ford Fusion back to South Dakota and brought it to the ACE conference in Minneapolis to give attendees a first look at the beginning of a three-year demonstration project.
The sedan starts up on electricity and is capable of using up to E85 matched to an electric motor for a combined 188 horsepower.
“EPA assigns vehicles a carbon intensity (CI) score based on how many grams of CO2 per mile are emitted by operating that vehicle,” Lamberty said. “While scores exist for hybrids, plug-in electrics, plug-in hybrids, flex-fuel and standard vehicles, one combination that is not represented, and hasn’t even been attempted in the US, is the one that makes the most sense to me - a hybrid electric flex fuel vehicle.”