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    Alternative Fuels

    Looking for a Fuel that Fits Your Needs?

    We offer these alternative fuels at some of our stations:

    • Electric Vehicle Charging — In an effort to continue to meet the driving needs of Canadians for many years, Petro-Canada has installed Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations at select retail locations to learn more about this emerging market.

    • Automotive propane (also known as liquefied petroleum gas) — available at many service stations across Canada.

      Propane vehicles can have dedicated fueling systems designed to use only propane, or bi-fuel fueling systems that enable fueling with either propane or gasoline. Propane vehicles include cars, taxis, pick-up trucks and vans, as well as heavy-duty vehicles such as transit buses and delivery trucks.

    • Compressed natural gas for vehicles — available at some stations in the Vancouver area.

      Dedicated natural gas vehicles (NGVs) run only on natural gas; bi-fuel NGVs have two separate fueling systems that enable you to use either natural gas or a conventional fuel (gasoline or diesel). Natural gas vehicles include cars, pick-up trucks and heavy-duty vehicles.

    • Oxygenated gasoline (ethanol-blended gasoline, gasohol, or gasoline with ethyl alcohol) – available in the Vancouver area, Edmonton (April 2011), at most stations in Saskatchewan, in most of Southern Ontario (March 2007), Manitoba (December 2007), the Montreal area (RegularClean/PlusClean in March 2007) and the Saint John, New Brunswick area (March 2011).

      Vehicles manufactured for ethanol use are commonly called flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) and include a wide range of vehicles, from compacts to sport utility vehicles to pick-up trucks.

    • Ethanol-blended gasoline

    Ethanol-blended gasoline is a fuel that typically contains up to 10% ethanol in unleaded gasoline. We use ethanol in our gasoline where legislation requires its use and  where conditions warrant. The Federal Government has regulated that motor gasoline sold in Canada after Sept. 1, 2010 must contain an annual pool average of 5% ethanol. Different provincial mandates also exist, some with higher ethanol pool requirements. Because of these mandates, most grades of Petro-Canada fuel may now contain up to 10% ethanol. This represents a change from the previous state, where premium fuel was ethanol-free at Petro-Canada. To find out if ethanol-blended gasoline is sold at a station look for the yellow labels in the pump area indicating that the fuel may contain a maximum of 10% ethanol.
    Can I use this in my car?
    • Fuels blended with levels of up to 10% ethanol, are safe for engine components, and do not require engine or gas-line changes in vehicles
    • Since 1988, most automotive vehicles sold in Canada have been designed to use ethanol-blended gasoline, at the levels of up to 10% ethanol. If you have concerns check your owner’s manual or contact the vehicle manufacturer.
    • Ethanol-blended fuels are not for aircraft. For two-stroke and four-stroke engines contact the manufacturer to find out what precautions to take.
    Looking for E-85 Ethanol? This blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline caters to only a small percentage of vehicles. Currently we do not market this specialty-use product.

    Using alternative fuels in vehicles can generally reduce pollutants and exhaust emissions. In addition, we can produce some of these fuels locally from renewable sources. In fact, Suncor’s St. Clair Ethanol Plant in Ontario has a production capacity of 400 million litres of ethanol per year. It is Canada's largest biofuel production facility.

    • Renewable diesel and biodiesel

      Diesel fuel can be blended with renewable content. Depending on the supply area, Petro-Canada stations offer renewable diesel to meet different provincial mandates in place in British Colombia, Alberta and Manitoba. The Federal Government has mandated that diesel fuel sold in Canada after July 31, 2011 must contain an annual pool average of 2% renewable content.

      Some of the renewable diesel is biodiesel made with up to 5% fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) that may be available at Petro-Canada stations in the summer months to meet the provincial and the Federal requirements. To find out if biodiesel fuel is sold at a station, look for blue labels in the pump area indicating that diesel fuel may contain up to 5% biodiesel.

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