The company Alkol Inc located in Brazil has developed a new system called 1HourFlex that can convert your car to run on any amount of ethanol or gasoline(E85) in less than one hour.
The system is composed of three components:an Ignition Remapper to alter spark plug firing time, a Cold Start System to quickly start on cold days and an Electronic Converter that alters fuel injection timing. Alkol CEO Al Costa said that the secret is technology from Brazil, where half of the cars have been running on pure ethanol for a few decades. For about 15 years his company has been using the system to convert vehicles in Brazil and is seeking $2 million to implement its technology in the U.S.
“We do not really like to sell the components. That’s not our main business,” he said. “Our business model is for you to drive in [to a pump station] and have a coffee, and by the time you’re done, we’ll have completed all the necessary modifications to your car.”
According to Biofuels Digest the systems will debut in the US market with a price point around $900. In October 7 at a Biofuels Markets Mexico & Central America event in Mexico City, Alkol’s officials will bring to light more information about their plans.