The U.S Flexfuel Cars Market is estimated to be valued at US$ 4.47 billion in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 6.5% over the forecast period 2023 to 2030, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.
Flexfuel or flexible-fuel vehicles are capable of running on more than one fuel such as gasoline, ethanol or natural gas. In the U.S, flexfuel cars are designed to operate on gasoline blended with up to 85% ethanol (E85). Ethanol is a renewable fuel which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and does not release fossil carbon into the atmosphere. Major automobile manufacturers like Ford, GM, Honda etc. offer flexfuel versions of their vehicles to tap into the growing demand for environment-friendly transportation.
Rising gasoline prices have prompted more consumers to consider flexfuel vehicles which provides fuel flexibility and helps reduce fuel costs. According to Energy Information Administration (EIA), average retail price of regular gasoline increased by 18% from $3.53/gallon in December 2021 to $4.17/gallon in June 2022. In addition, growing environmental concerns over rising carbon emissions from gasoline vehicles is encouraging adoption of alternate fuels like ethanol. The U.S government has also announced tax incentives and rebates to increase production and usage of flexfuel vehicles. Such factors are expected to drive higher demand for flexfuel cars in the U.S market during the forecast period.
The U.S flexfuel cars market is dominated by the ethanol segment, which holds around 80% market share. Ethanol is widely available in the U.S and many contemporary vehicles are compatible with ethanol blends up to E85. This wide availability and compatibility with most vehicles makes ethanol the preferred choice as a flexfuel in the country.
Political: The U.S. government provides tax incentives and intends to increase the number of flexible fuel vehicles on roads to reduce dependence on foreign oil. It has also mandated the sale of billions of gallons of renewable fuels annually.
Economic: High gasoline prices encourage consumers to choose more fuel-efficient flexfuel vehicles. The price differential between gasoline and ethanol further boosts the demand.
Social: Growing environmental consciousness is driving many consumers to opt for less polluting flexfuel vehicles. Flex fuels are also perceived as patriotic options.
Technological: Automakers are able to engineer flexfuel capability into most gasoline engines with minimal additional costs involved. Onboard diagnostics help vehicles run optimally on different fuel mixtures.
The U.S Flexfuel Cars Market Trend is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.5% during 2023-2030, driven by the widespread availability of ethanol pumps across the country. The Midwest region currently holds the largest share owing to major corn production centers located here. Flexible fuel vehicles allow motorists to choose between gasoline or gasoline-ethanol blends up to E85 based on fuel prices. Key players in the market include Renault SA, PSA Group, Tata Motors, Changan Automobile, BAIC Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation, Honda Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., Volkswagen AG, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Hyundai Motor Company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Mitsubishi Motors, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, with GM and Ford commanding leading positions respectively.
1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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