As ‘the voice of the motor industry’ in NSW, the Motor Traders’ Association of NSW wants motorists to have the facts on biofuels – and not be fooled into filling their tanks with more expensive petrol.
As a reliable, less costly and cleaner fuel choice of many motorists, E10 is one fuel that MTA NSW is interested to learn more about on behalf of their members.
“If your car is E10-compatible there is no downside to using it,” said MTA NSW Chief Executive Officer, Stavros Yallouridis.
“We want to help change people’s view of E10.”
“We want motorists to be fully informed about the facts of using biofuels so that when it comes to filling up the car, they don’t have to buy the most expensive fuel on the market.”
MTA NSW is an employers association and registered training organisation representing businesses in the NSW automotive industry ranging from mechanical repairers to vehicle dealerships and service stations.
MTA NSW General Manager Operations, David Rodger, said many motor vehicle engines were built to run on E10, with both ethanol and engines having evolved significantly.
“Over the past decade, the fleet has changed significantly with vehicle innovation and technology – and with arguably some of the lowest-quality fuel in the world, Australia needs to embrace higher petrol standards,” said Mr Rodger.
High-octane ethanol is revolutionising motor sports worldwide, with Australia’s V8 Supercar Championships embracing high-performance E85 (85 per cent ethanol-blended) as their fuel source.
Meanwhile, as vehicle manufacturers continue to update their technology and fuel systems, ethanol provides further opportunity for improving vehicle performance, fuel economy and emissions.
“We know more than 64 countries have mandated ethanol in their petrol not only to increase their fuel quality, but also to boost jobs, secure their fuel supply and decarbonise transport sectors,” said Mr Yallouridis.
With extensive experience working globally in the motor vehicle industry, the MTA CEO is aware of the benefits of local fuel ethanol industry – so a recent visit to Shoalhaven Starches left a big impression.
“We were blown away by the scale of manufacturing and continual innovation at the facility, as well as the positive contribution ethanol could make to the wider motoring industry,” he said after the behind-the-scenes tour of the world-class site at Nowra in regional NSW.
Manildra Group’s fully integrated, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility uses leftover wheat starches from flour milling to produce a range of ethanol grades – used not just for transport fuels but also food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, personal care and industrial applications worldwide.
Manildra Group Head of Ethanol, Debra Forster, said ethanol with a natural octane of 108 was distributed to oil companies to blend with petrol to produce E10 (95 RON) and E85 (108 RON) fuel.
“Filling up on E10 means we can fuel Australia’s best interests – not foreign interests,” Mrs Forster said.