Users of FFVs reports positive experiences with their cars. They say they are satisfied with the overall performance of the vehicles and the fuel. However, fuel prices and access to refuelling infrastructure were cited as major concerns.
Surveys of driver and fleet manager attitudes were carried out at BEST sites in 2007 and 2008. Driver surveys were directed at private FFV owners and drivers of FFVs within city and commercial fleets.
The majority of drivers interviewed drove an ethanol car due to their employer’s company policy or out of personal concern for the environment. For fleet managers the environmental aspect was a key stimulus for company policy.
Well-informed fleet managers
The fleet manager survey was answered by 58 fleet operators at seven BEST sites with ethanol cars and buses in their fleet. Most fleet managers were well informed about bioethanol. They indicated that high-quality information has a significant effect on attitudes and purchasing behaviour.