Ethanol-blended fuels comprise a blend of regular mineral petrol and ethanol, and have been available in Australia for more than 10 years. In 2003 the Federal Government amended the Fuel Quality Standard to require retailers to report an ethanol content of greater than 1%. The most common ethanol-blended fuel is E10, which consists of up to 10% ethanol and 90% mineral petrol. Government support for the ethanol industry should encourage E10 consumption and support ethanol production without removing the opportunity for motorists to purchase regular ULP.
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RACQ fact sheet on fuel prices in Queensland including analysis of the cost components of fuel, fuel company and retail margins, retail competition, excise and taxes and price cycles.
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The RACQ position paper on Low Carbon Fuel Standards seeks to encourage the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments to adopt market based strategies to reduce carbon emissions in transport fuels.
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RACQ prepared this submission in response to an invitation from the Senate Select Committee on Fuel and Energy. The submission specifically addresses the operation of domestic fuel markets, the price and availability of fuel, and taxation arrangements affecting motorists. The submission also considers the development of biofuels and the likely impact on motorists of an emissions trading system.
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In 1899, an electric vehicle held the world land speed record. However, over the following two decades, Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs) came to dominate the motor vehicle sector. Through the remainder of the 20th century, ICE vehicles were refined through engine, material and fuel technology advances to become the powerful, efficient and reliable cars that motorists world-wide depend on now.
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RACQ Submission to the Australian Transport Council/Environment Protection and Heritage Council - Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Working Group
The RACQ welcomes strategies to make fuel-efficient, low emission vehicles more affordable. This submission supports many of the initiatives outlined in the Working Group’s Discussion Paper, and suggests further initiatives.
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The RACQ has a long-standing interest in the use of biofuels in motor vehicles. This paper examines recent developments in biofuel technology, production and policies in Australia and overseas. The paper also provides the basis for RACQ’s positions on biofuels, including the Position Statement and Fact Sheet (available elsewhere on this page) on the Queensland Government’s proposed ethanol mandate.
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The RACQ views the introduction of electric vehicles (EVs) as an opportunity for a major improvement in energy efficiency, energy security and greenhouse emissions. EVs facilitate the use of domestic-sourced renewable electricity rather than imported liquid fuels. This submission briefly outlines some of the advantages of EVs and the barriers that need to be addressed by government prior to large-scale adoption.
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