Alternative fuel still main attraction at Chicago Auto Show

The price of gasoline may have gone down, taking hybrid sales with it. But fuel-efficiency mandates for manufactures still apply, so there are more alternatives offered.

A gas station attendant fuels an E85 capable vehicle
A gas station attendant fuels an E85 capable vehicle GMC

The price of gasoline may have gone down for now, taking sales of hybrid vehicles with it. But the CAFE rule that mandates auto manufactures average 35 mpg for their fleet of vehicles still applies, meaning more vehicles are being offered with an alternative fuel-capable engine.

At the Chicago Auto Show, GM is displaying 15 of its 20 vehicles available with E85-capable (85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline) powertrains. Chrysler and Ford have also trotted out an impressive lineup of flex fuel-capable cars.

In fact, show-goers may be eying an E85 capable car without even knowing it. The 3.0L engine in the Ford Fusion is flex-fuel capable, like it or not. Which means that in the off chance car buyers of the zippy compact stop at one of the 1,900 stations offering E85, they can choose the more expensive, less efficient fuel. Or not.

Here's a list of alternative fuel capable cars (and some hybrids, too!) on display at the Chicago Auto Show:

Buick E85 Lucerne (2009)
Cadillac Escalade E85 (2009)
Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
Chevrolet Avalanche E85 (2009)
Chevrolet HHR E85 (2009)
Chevrolet Impala E85 (2009)
Chevrolet Malibu E85 (2009)
Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid (2009)
Chevrolet Silverado E85 (2009)
Chevrolet Suburban E85 (2009)
Chevrolet Tahoe E85 (2009)
Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (2009)
Chrysler Aspen Hybrid (2009)
Chrysler Sebring E85 (2009)
Chrysler Town & Country E85 (2009)
Dodge Avenger (2009)
Dodge Dakota E85 (2009)
Dodge Durango E85 (2009)
Dodge Durango Hybrid (2009)
Dodge Grand Caravan E85 (2009)
Dodge Grand Caravan Cargo Van E85 (2009)
Dodge Ram E85 (2009) (Hybrid in 2010)
Dodge Ram 4500/5500 E85 (2009)
Dodge Ram 4500/5500 biodiesel B6-B20 (2009)
Dodge Sprinter Van biodiesel (2009)
Ford E-Series E85 (2009)
Ford Expedition E85 (2009)
Ford F-150 E85 (2009)
Ford Fusion E85 (2009)
Ford Fusion Hybrid (2009)
GMC Envoy/Envoy Denali E85 (2009)
GMC Sierra E85 (2009)
GMC Sierra Hybrid (2009)
GMC Yukon E85 (2009)
GMC Yukon Hybrid (2009)
Honda Civic (2009)
Honda FCX Clarity (2009)
Hummer H2 E85 (2009)
Hummer H2 SUT E85 (2009)
Jeep Commander E85 (2009)
Jeep Grand Cherokee E85 (2009)
Lincoln Navigator E85 (2009)
Lincoln Town Car E85 (2009)
Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2009)
Mercury Grand Marquis E85 (2009)
Mercury Milan Hybrid (2010)
Nissan Armada E85 (2009)
Nissan Titan E85 (2009)
Saturn Aura Hybrid (2009)
Saturn Vue Hybrid (2009)
Toyota Sequoia (2009)

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Liane Yvkoff is a freelance writer who blogs about cars for CNET Car Tech. E-mail Liane.

 

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