Winterthur - The first Swiss service station with fuel bioethanol opened in Winterthur (ZH). In a year, the distributor intends to inaugurate AGROLA 14 in the country, including two in western Switzerland and in Délémont Châtel St-Denis (FR).
They will offer E85 bio-ethanol, a product composed of 85% bio-ethanol and 15% gasoline, said Stefan Feer, the director of AGROLA. WWF and Greenpeace are pleased with this first, but recall that "all biofuels are not organic".
The Swiss former Mister, Renzo Blumenthal was the first to refuel in Winterthur. But the station should not see spending a lot of customers by September. Indeed, only one car model be used for the time that fuel. The first vehicles will be marketed in Switzerland in September.
These cars cost an average 1500 francs more than a comparable traditional model, said a representative of the Scandinavian manufacturer. And we can also supply the gasoline.
According to the Federal Authority Alcosuisse alcohols, vehicles running on this fuel reject 80% of CO2 less than other vehicles. Bio-ethanol E85 also offers to be cheaper than gasoline advantage. In Winterthur, a liter costs 1,39 franc, more than 20% less than gasoline without lead 95, noted the director of AGROLA.
Environmentalists organizations welcomed the opening of the first petrol station in bio-ethanol in Switzerland. But WWF and Greenpeace cast a critical eye on imported biofuels, the Federal Council plans to zero-rate to encourage their consumption and reduce emissions CO2. The raw materials used to manufacture them are often not grown ecologically.