The first batch of 200 Saab 9-5 2.0t BioPower models is already in service and the rest are due this autumn.
Saab says the order is part of 2,500-strong BioPower intake from its dealers in Sweden. Bioethanol is a renewable fuel produced from agricultural crops and forest products.
‘Unlike petrol, the consumption of bioethanol does not raise atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide,’ said a Saab spokesman.
‘This is because the emissions released during driving are balanced by the amount of CO2 removed from the atmosphere when crops are grown for conversion.’
The new additions to Avis’s fleet can run on petrol, or any mixture of bioethanol and petrol. The availability of E85 fuel (85% ethanol/15% petrol) at filling stations is widespread in Sweden.
Hans Larsson, director of procurement at Avis Sweden said: ‘The Saab 9-5 BioPower meets two key priorities for our company – environmental concerns and safety.
‘Business and private customers wanting a premium class car can now rent one that has regard for the environment in a simple way.
‘Bioethanol is a renewable resource that we produce here in Sweden from our crops and forestry, and there is an expanding infrastructure in place already supplying it.’