Chevrolet's HHR SUV at Chicago Auto Show Emits 23 Percent Less Emissions, Uses Less Fuel but Remains Driveable

General Motors has significantly increased its brownie points as far as environmental lobbyists are concerned, by announcing a Chevrolet HHR SUV that runs on E85 FlexFuel too.

GM’s strategy on FlexFuel models has been to run a combination of 15 percent petrol/ gasoline and 85 percent ethanol. This marriage of fuels results in a saving of up to 23 percent in CO2 emissions as far as HHR is concerned. A number of countries, including Brasil, are already heavy on the use of ethanol as an alternative for gasoline/ petrol. SUVs have been the hardest hit in the battle against harmful gasses, so the HHR will be welcome.

The HHR will use two Ecotec engines, a 2.2-litre and a 2.4-litre, both of which can be run on E85. We are probably not at the state where E85 is a high-performance fuel yet, indeed the HHR is not likely to earn any speeding world records, but as the drag society already knows, the capabilities of ethanol as a performance-source cannot be questioned. So the future looks like this: cars that can think like humans, drink like humans (ethanol is pure alcohol) and talk like humans (K.I.T.T.)?

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