Saab unveils biofuel hybrid dream
The car's battery pack is hidden inside the car's boot, replacing the spare tyre, which in turn is replaced by run-flat tyres, explains Elliot.
Thus the biofuel-powered hybrid Saab remains as roomy as a conventional model. Biofuel has proven an instant hit in Saab's home market. "80% of Saab 9-5s sold in Sweden are Bio Power and this trend is rapidly spreading throughout Europe," insists GM Europe boss Carl-Peter Forster. So far, biofuel has been more successful in Sweden than elsewhere in Europe, largely because of significant state support that includes tax advantages and exemptions from road charging for drivers who are steering clear of conventional diesel and petrol powered cars. A biofuel-powered hybrid solution may seem like an obvious next step, though taking it could take time - not least because of economic reasons. "A hybrid system is not cheap," points out Elliot. (BBC News)
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