Flex fuel vehicles are built with a technology that allows them to run with 100% ethanol, fossil fuels or any mixture of the two fuels. This gives drivers greater versatility in their fuel choices and decreases air pollution thanks to ethanol emitting 90% fewer GHG emissions.
Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFV) have been present in the Brazilian automotive market since March 2003, when mass production and commercialization significantly increased in Brazil and accelerated the race to produce alternative fuels. In just over 17 years, this technology has come to dominate the Brazilian market. In recent years FFV has accounted for 98% of new cars sold. Now, 80% of vehicles (30 million units) and 34% of motorcycles (5 million units) in Brazil are flex-fuel.
This major shift in vehicle production has brought several environmental and economic benefits to Brazil. From March 2003 to 2019, ethanol consumption (anhydrous and hydrous) avoided 515 million tons of CO2eq being emitted into the atmosphere. Achieving the same CO2 savings through other methods would require planting 4 billion native trees over the next 20 years.
The use of ethanol in Brazil, in the last two decades, has made possible to replace over 100 billion litres of gasoline/ petrol consumption and avoid the importation of fossil fuels, which would have cost US$ 50 billion.