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Flex-fuel Vehicle - Market Share Analysis, Industry Trends & Statistics, Growth Forecasts 2019 - 2029

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  • 100 Pages
  • February 2024
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5572952
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Key Highlights

  • The market for flex-fuel vehicles (FFV) was not impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as severely as other automotive industries. However, with limited options for an FFV in the market, it did witness a slight decline in sales, considering the restrictions imposed by the respective governments. However, with the situation easing and life returning to normalcy, the FFV market is anticipated to grow during the projected period.
  • Most of the vehicles running are fueled using conventional fossil fuels, which has led to an increase in toxic exhaust gas emissions. To control vehicular pollution, multiple county governments have put forth several emission restrictions for IC (internal combustion) engine-powered vehicles. These restrictions have opened the scope for research on vehicles running on flex fuels.
  • In the market, there are various categories and types of FFV from E10 to E85 and above. According to the tests conducted, FFVs running on E85 fuel produce 23% less NOx, 30% less CO, and 4-6% lower CO2. Due to numerous factors, including reduced tailpipe emissions, domestic production capabilities of ethanol-based fuels, and limiting the use of naturally occurring fossil fuels, the demand for FFVs is expected to increase during the forecast period.
  • The demand for flex-fuel vehicles is growing significantly in the United States and the Latin American region. It is estimated that more than 84% of the world's ethanol is produced by the United States and Brazil.

Flex-fuel Vehicle Market Trends

Ratification of Stringent Exhaust Emission Regulations

  • The increase in vehicle exhaust emissions from all types of vehicles using fossil fuels has contaminated the atmosphere. The poor air quality has led to an increase in a plethora of serious respiratory diseases. In Europe, vehicular pollution contributes to over 30% of total air pollution, including NOx, VOCs, PM2.5, PM10, and others.
  • To bring exhaust emissions under control, country-specific vehicle authorities have barricaded the production of greenhouse gasses like NOx, SOx, and other harmful pollutants from vehicle tailpipes.
  • For instance, in Europe, exhaust emission norms have become even more strict over the years. According to the regulatory authority European Environmental Agency (EEA), in Euro 4, launched in 2005, the NOx standards were affixed at 0.08g/km, whereas in 2009, it got reduced to 0.06g/km, and it has remained the same for light passenger cars since.
  • Similarly, for CO2 emissions in 2015, standard passenger cars were not allowed to exceed 130g/km of CO2. In 2020, it was revised to 95g/km. The European Commission also targets to reduce this number to 70g/km by 2025.
  • The reduced amount of greenhouse gases from the exhaust will have a significant impact on health in the long run. Alongside, this will also allow the flex-fuel market to witness an increase in demand in the upcoming years as it is a clean-burning fuel as compared to conventional gasoline or diesel.

Asia-Pacific to Witness Significant Growth

  • More than 70% of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region currently rely upon the import of fossil fuels to run vehicles. The cost of crude oil and its refinement significantly increases the consumer cost of fuel. With emerging markets like India and China, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness significant growth.
  • For instance, in India, to curb the consumption of fossil fuels and tone down fuel costs, MoRTH (Ministry of Road Transport and Highways) has put forward various deadlines to introduce ethanol-based fuel in the country. Additionally, India accounts for 2% of the global flex-fuel production, which is not enough to fulfill the country's requirements. Hence, the domestic production of ethanol is targeted to rise from 70 to 150 million liters in the next few years.
  • The transport ministry is planning to roll out the use of ethanol-based fuel in phases. E10 production is expected to be in motion from April 2022 and E20 from 2025. Various vehicle manufacturers in the country have also been notified to scale up the research to run vehicles on E10 from April 2023 and E20 from April 2025.
  • As flex fuels can be manufactured domestically using renewable materials like sugar cane, the ethanol-blended fuel will reduce the quantity of raw fuel imported, helping reduce the fuel cost for end users.
  • With the increase in the availability of ethanol-based flex-fuel, the demand for flex-fuel vehicles may witness significant growth as India is the world's second-most populated country.

Flex-fuel Vehicle Industry Overview

The flex-fuel vehicle market constitutes various players accounting for a consolidated market. Owing to a wide range of products running on flex fuels and constant developments to find an alternative fuel, the top five players in the market account for a significant market share. For instance, General Motors has about 13 vehicle models, Ford Motor Co. has 11 vehicle models, and Stallintis NV has seven vehicle models running on ethanol blend fuel.

The top five players include General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp., Stellantis NV, Honda Motor Co., and Hyundai Motor Co. Other players include Nissan Motor Company, Subaru Corporation, and Volkswagen AG.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Drivers
4.1.1 Ratification of Stringent Exhaust Emission Regulations
4.2 Market Restraints
4.2.1 Increase Sales of Electric Vehicle May Restraint the Growth of the Market
4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5.1 Ethanol Blend Type
5.1.1 E10 to E25
5.1.2 E25 to E85
5.1.3 E85 and Above
5.2 Vehicle Type
5.2.1 Passenger Cars
5.2.2 Commercial Vehicles
5.3 Fuel Type
5.3.1 Petrol
5.3.2 Diesel
5.4 Geography
5.4.1 North America United States Canada Rest of North America
5.4.2 Europe Germany France Spain United Kingdom Rest of Europe
5.4.3 Asia-Pacific China India South Korea Japan Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.4.4 Rest of the World South America Middle East and Africa
6.1 Vendor Market Share
6.2 Company Profiles
6.2.1 General Motors
6.2.2 Toyota Motor Corporation
6.2.3 Honda Motor Company
6.2.4 Stellantis NV
6.2.5 Ford Motor Company
6.2.6 Hyundai Motor Company
6.2.7 Nissan Motor Company
6.2.8 Subaru Corporation
6.2.9 Volkswagen AG
6.2.10 BMW AG
6.2.11 Volvo Car Corporation

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • General Motors
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Stellantis NV
  • Honda Motor Company
  • Hyundai Motor Company
  • Nissan Motor Company
  • Subaru Corporation
  • Volkswagen AG
  • BMW AG
  • Volvo Car Corporation