Platts: Automakers do not see big US demand for flex-fuel vehicles

February 8, 2013

Beth Evans, Feb. 7- US consumer demand for flex-fuel vehicles, which can run on high levels of ethanol, is not strong enough for automakers to market them in the country, representatives of several major automakers said Thursday.

“Somebody has to demonstrate some interest” in FFVs in the US before General Motors will boost its offerings of those vehicles like it has in Brazil, said Coleman Jones, biofuel implementation manager with the company, at the Renewable Fuels Association's annual conference in Las Vegas.

Coleman also noted automakers need “confidence” that significant ethanol will be available for the vehicles. He cited the drought last year that forced ethanol plant shutdowns and production curtailments.