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E15 Fuel Shot Down

Posted in auto industry, Car Tech, Environment, News, Newsworthy by Kurt Ernst | February 23rd, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Good news for those of us who drive cars built before 2007: despite the best efforts of the EPA (and the ethanol lobby), you won’t be finding E15 fuel at your local gas-and-go any time soon. The U.S. House voted 286 to 135 to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from allowing the distribution of E15 fuel. E15 fuel contains 15% ethanol, and there are concerns over the product’s effect on older fuel system components, as well as the fuel systems of outdoor power equipment. E10, which contains 10% ethanol, is safe for use in all types of vehicles and is widely available. Initially, E15 wasn’t even supposed to be used in pre-2007 vehicles, but the EPA granted a waiver to push back the date of manufacture to 2001. Industry organizations, including the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and the Specialty Equipment Market Association urged Congress to block the resolution, claiming that insufficient research was done on E15’s effects, especially on engines used infrequently .

On the flip side, the Renewable Fuels Association (an ethanol industry trade group) was critical of the House’s vote. In a prepared statement, the group alleged, “The fact remains ethanol is a thoroughly tested, safe, and effective motor fuel. Americans spend nearly $1 billion a day importing oil, often from hostile regions of the world. The House has denied consumers choice in the type of fuel they use. Instead, they have chosen to continue giving oil companies a virtual monopoly over the fueling system.”

The only thing certain is that this isn’t over yet. You can expect the ethanol lobby to come back stronger the next time they push for E15 fuel.

Source: The Detroit News

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  1. Set says:

    Umm, I’m pretty sure the American consumer still has a choice. You can buy E85 and mix it yourself if you’re really that desperate for E15.

  2. ptschett says:

    I think Congress made the right call. I come from a family that farms on the western fringe of the corn belt so I’m not unsympathetic to the ethanol cause. But, as an engineer I have to believe that my colleagues in the auto industry specified 10% maximum ethanol limits on most cars for a good reason, just as many vehicles in my line of work, construction machinery, have biodiesel blend limits. Even if the House hadn’t taken action I wouldn’t even think about using the E15 pumps until my vehicles’ manufacturers say that my vehicles can safely use that blend.

    • This what get’s me.
      [b]What Vehicles and Engines May Not Use E15?[/b]
      All motorcycles.
      All vehicles with heavy-duty engines, such as school buses, transit buses, and delivery trucks.
      All off-road vehicles, such as boats and snowmobiles.
      All engines in off-road equipment, such as lawnmowers and chain saws.
      All MY2000 and older cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles (SUVs).
      I remember the unleaded gas change over. There going be gas for the older engines that needed the lead. Yep I see it out there everyday at the pumps. People had buy need cars and pay high repairs bills to fix there older engines to run the unleaded gas. Trust Them.. Where is American now…
      Boat motors can’t run on E15 and then Another huge factor, boat engine manufactures will not warranty a motor that uses in access of E10 gas.
      So what you do with $20,000.00 Boat motor use as a boat anchor…