I have written about Brazil before and their expertise in the ethanol field. So it came as no surprise that the Brazilians remain a leader in ethanol exports. But what is interesting is the fact that both GM and Ford have assembly plants in Brazil producing ethanol/gasoline vehicles that use both fuels. It also is of interest how we in the U.S. never took seriously the fact that we are overly dependent on oil and our need to develop alternative fuels.
Over at the Brazil magazine they state the following:
In 2008, the Brazilian market reached the mark of seven million flex vehicles in circulation. Currently, more than 25% of the national light vehicle fleet counts on the technology. The ethanol market in Brazil has the same size as the gasoline market, be it concerning production, consumption or exports.
The year of 2008 saw the entry into force, in January, of the mandatory addition of 2% biodiesel to all diesel sold to end consumers. In July, the rate of the mix was increased to 3%, the equivalent to an annual volume of 1.3 billion liters (343.4 million gallons). In November, the installed capacity for biodiesel production reached 2.993 billion liters (791 million gallons) a year, and the number of plants operating in Brazil totaled 46.
From November 2007 to November 2008, seven biodiesel auctions were held, and the delivery of over 1.33 billion liters was negotiated for the period ranging from January 2008 until the first quarter of 2009.
I still can not accept the fact that the U.S. can not make ourselves self sufficient and get away from oil.