Norwegian energy major StatoilHydro's Swedish fuel retail subsidiary Svenska Statoil has reported that sales of its E85 biofuel have increased by 180% to more than 4.8 million liters in February 2008, compared to the same period in 2007.

The E85 ethanol-blended petrol contains 85% ethanol and 15% conventional petrol and can be used only in flex-fuel automobiles running on E85 and petrol.

Svenska Statoil has earlier reported that it has sold 4.6 million liters of the E85 fuel in January 2008, an increase of 169% when compared to the same period in 2007.

Svenska Statoil reportedly operates around 280 ethanol filling stations in Sweden. The retailer blends 5% ethanol in the 95-octane rated petrol it sells at its fuel stations.