WINTERTHOUR - The first Swiss petrol station offering bio-ethanol fuel has opened in Winterthur (ZH). Within a year, the distributor AGROLA intends to inaugurate 14 in the country, including two in French-speaking Switzerland, in Délémont and Châtel St-Denis (FR).
They will offer bio-ethanol E85, a product composed of 85% bio-ethanol and 15% gasoline, said Stefan Feer, director of AGROLA. WWF and Greenpeace are delighted with this first, but recall that "not all biofuels are organic".
The former Swiss Mister Renzo Blumenthal was the first to fill up in Winterthur. But the station should not see many customers pass by September. Only a car model can use this fuel at the moment. The first vehicles will be marketed in Switzerland from September.
These cars cost on average 1500 francs more than a comparable traditional model, said a representative of the Scandinavian manufacturer. And we can also fuel them with gasoline.
According to the Alcosuisse Federal Liquor Control Board, vehicles running on this fuel emit 80% less CO2 than other vehicles. E85 bioethanol also offers the advantage of being cheaper than petrol. In Winterthur, a liter costs 1,39 francs, more than 20% less than unleaded petrol 95, noted the director of AGROLA.
Environmental organizations were delighted with the opening of the first bio-ethanol service station in Switzerland. But WWF and Greenpeace take a critical look at imported biofuels, which the Federal Council plans to zero-rate in order to encourage their consumption and reduce CO2 emissions. The raw materials used to make them are often not cultivated ecologically.