Flex fuel vehicles, also known as flexible-fuel vehicles, are automobiles that run on more than one type of fuel. Most commonly known flexible-fuel vehicles can use gasoline blended with various percentages of ethanol (usually E85). Flex fuel engines are generally capable of running on any admixture of gasoline and ethanol, ranging from pure gasoline up to 85% ethanol (E85). Flexfuel vehicles provide consumers with more choice and flexibility at the pump. Growing concerns regarding air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions along with rising fuel costs have increased the demand for renewable fuel sources like bioethanol. Additionally, flexfuel vehicles allow greater energy security as countries look to reduce dependence on imported petroleum.
The global Flexfuel Market is estimated to be valued at US$ 93.57 Bn in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 15% over the forecast period 2023 to 2030, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.
Growing consumer preference towards renewable biofuels as a cleaner alternative to gasoline is driving the adoption of flexfuel vehicles. Flex fuel vehicles provide the option to utilize bioethanol blended fuels which are considered more environmentally friendly compared to pure gasoline. Additionally, the availability of bioethanol at gasoline stations makes flexfuel vehicles a viable choice for consumers concerned with reducing their carbon footprint from vehicle emissions. Furthermore, flex fuel vehicles are compatible with existing fuel distribution infrastructure and provide energy security benefits through greater fuel diversification. With flexfuel vehicles, countries can utilize their domestic biofuel production capacity to meet transportation fuel needs and lower dependence on imported petroleum. Continued policy support in the form of incentives and mandates for biofuel blending is further expected to boost the flexfuel vehicle market over the forecast period.
The global flexfuel market can be segmented based on raw material into sugar cane, corn, wheat, sorghum and others. The sugar cane segment holds a dominant market share and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period. Brazil is the largest producer of sugar cane ethanol in the world with advanced technologies and processes in place for over 3 decades of experience producing Flexfuel from sugar cane.
Political: Governments across various countries are supporting ethanol blending and production through incentives and mandates to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and curb carbon emissions. Economic: Changing crude oil prices and demand supply dynamics help flexfuel market. It provides an option for consumers during high petrol prices. Social: Rising environmental concerns are driving consumers towards low carbon alternative fuels. Technological: Advances in engine designs help achieve higher flexfuel blending without any modifications to vehicles. Ethanol production technologies are also improving yields.
The Global Flex-Fuel Market Size is expected to witness high growth over the forecast period supported by policy push for ethanol blending across major economies.
The regional analysis shows that Latin America remains the dominant as well as the fastest growing regional market led by Brazil. Sugar cane based ethanol production is well established in Brazil leveraging the natural availability along with technological expertise developed over decades.
Key players operating in the flexfuel market are Poet LLC, Cargill, Purfresh Inc., Aceites Manuelita S.A., Abengoa Bioenergy, Bunge Limited, CropEnergies AG, Cristal Union, Darling Ingredients Inc., Eco-Energy, Advanced Bioenergy LLC, Flint Hills Resource, RaÃ-zen, Valero Energy Corp., Andersons Inc, Archer Daniels Midland Company, DuPont, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. Poet LLC is one of the largest flexfuel ethanol producer in the US leveraging its extensive production infrastructure.