Saab to “unleash” bio-ethanol potential in Geneva

Saab has announced that it will be giving green motoring a "performance boost" this year as it unveils its latest BioPower technology.

The Saab BioPower 100 is reportedly the first production-based engine to be optimised for pure bio-ethanol fuel.

Through the combination of the automaker’s "turbocharging expertise" and the use of bio-ethanol fuel, the two-litre engine will be capable of producing 300hp.

The unit is described as an "exciting evolution" in the Saab 9-5 estate and will enable the vehicle to accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds and reach fifth gear in 8.2 seconds.

Kjell ac Bergstrom, leader of the engine’s development team, said: "Bio-ethanol is a potent, high quality fuel which opens up exciting possibilities in helping to meet the environmental challenges that face us.

"As the need to reduce energy consumption increases, we are exploring ways to run smaller engines that give relatively high power, with and without hybrid technology. This concept car shows that bio-ethanol can play a key role in this ‘rightsizing’ process, while also minimising fossil fuel emissions."

Saab’s BioPower technology was first launched in Sweden, the manufacturer’s domestic market, 18 months ago.

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