Brazil car fleet to nearly double in 10 years - Unica

06 June 2011 20:21  [Source: ICIS news]

SAO PAULO, Brazil (ICIS)--Brazil’s passenger vehicle fleet is expected to nearly double in the next 10 years, reaching 52.5m vehicles by 2020, Brazilian sugarcane group Unica on Monday estimated

Brazil now has 27m vehicles, nearly 50% of which are flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs).

FFVs can run on gasoline or stand-alone hydrous ethanol or in a combination of both fuels.

Unica said ethanol presently accounts for around 45% of Brazil’s fuel consumption for passenger vehicles.

The group expects fuel consumption for light vehicles in the country to soar to 85bn litres in 2020, more than twice the 40bn litres being used now.

While ethanol is expected to play a key role in meeting Brazil’s future energy demand, Unica said increased sugarcane production would not come at the expense of food production or land destruction.

Brazil uses less than 3% of its arable land to grow sugarcane, said Unica president Marcos Jank during the opening of the 2011 Ethanol Summit in Sao Paulo.

It is around 1% of Brazil’s total territory, he said.

Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country by land area with 8.5m square kilometres.

The 2011 Ethanol Summit runs Monday through Tuesday.

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By: William Lemos
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