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EPA Grants E15 Waiver for Newer Vehicles/A new label for E15 is being proposed to help ensure consumers use the correct fuel

Release date: 10/13/2010

Contact Information: Cathy Milbourn [email protected] 202-564-7849 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today waived a limitation on selling fuel that is more than 10 percent ethanol for model year 2007 and newer cars and light trucks. The waiver applies to fuel that contains up to 15 percent ethanol – known as E15 – and only to model year 2007 and newer cars and light trucks. This represents the first of a number of actions that are needed from federal, state and industry towards commercialization of E15 gasoline blends. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson made the decision after a review of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) extensive testing and other available data on E15’s impact on engine durability and emissions.

“Thorough testing has now shown that E15 does not harm emissions control equipment in newer cars and light trucks,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Wherever sound science and the law support steps to allow more home-grown fuels in America’s vehicles, this administration takes those steps.”

A decision on the use of E15 in model year 2001 to 2006 vehicles will be made after EPA receives the results of additional DOE testing, which is expected to be completed in November. However, no waiver is being granted this year for E15 use in model year 2000 and older cars and light trucks – or in any motorcycles, heavy-duty vehicles, or non-road engines – because currently there is not testing data to support such a waiver. Since 1979, up to 10 percent ethanol or E10 has been used for all conventional cars and light trucks, and non-road vehicles.

Additionally, several steps are being taken to help consumers easily identify the correct fuel for their vehicles and equipment. First, EPA is proposing E15 pump labeling requirements, including a requirement that the fuel industry specify the ethanol content of gasoline sold to retailers. There would also be a quarterly survey of retail stations to help ensure their gas pumps are properly labeled.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 mandated an increase in the overall volume of renewable fuels into the marketplace reaching a 36 billion gallon total in 2022. Ethanol is considered a renewable fuel because it is produced from plant products or wastes and not from fossil fuels. Ethanol is blended with gasoline for use in most areas across the country.

The E15 petition was submitted to EPA by Growth Energy and 54 ethanol manufacturers in March 2009. In April 2009, EPA sought public comment on the petition and received about 78,000 comments.

The petition was submitted under a Clean Air Act provision that allows EPA to waive the act’s prohibition against the sale of a significantly altered fuel if the petitioner shows that the new fuel will not cause or contribute to the failure of the engine parts that ensure compliance with the act’s emissions limits.

More information: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/regs/fuels/additive/e15/
 

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to allow the ethanol portion of blended gasoline to be increased from the current 10 percent to 15 percent for certain vehicles, which could pose a danger for motorcycles, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

On Oct. 13, the EPA announced approval of a waiver for E15. Under the decision, E15 is now approved for use in model year 2007 and newer cars and light trucks. It isn't approved for use in any other gasoline-fueled engines. To see the EPA news release, go to 10/13/2010: EPA Grants E15 Waiver for Newer Vehicles/A new label for E15 is being proposed to help ensure consumers use the correct fuel.

"The AMA supports the use of cleaner-burning fuels, but we are concerned that gasoline containing more than 10 percent ethanol could result in premature engine damage or failure while a motorcycle is being ridden," said Imre Szauter, AMA government affairs manager. "We're also concerned about any degradation in performance, fuel economy and rideability that may result from the long-term use of blended fuels with greater than 10 percent ethanol."

The EPA, in allowing more ethanol in gas, specifically said that its decision covers model year 2007 and newer cars and light trucks, and no other vehicles at this time, including motorcycles.

"Motorcycle manufacturers only certify their machines to run on gasoline or a blend with up to 10 percent ethanol, which is known as E10," Szauter said. "So using the 15 percent blend in a motorcycle could void the bike's warranty."

Growth Energy, an ethanol lobbying group, asked the EPA in March 2009 to allow gasoline to contain up to 15 percent ethanol. It's part of an effort to meet a congressional mandate to increase to 36 billion gallons the amount of renewable fuel available in the United States by 2022. Ethanol, made from corn and other crops, is considered a renewable fuel.

For more than three years the AMA has been on the record opposing increases in the ethanol level allowed in gasoline until studies show that an increase won't damage motorcycle or all-terrain vehicle (ATV) engines, and won't make motorcycles emit more nitrogen oxides than are allowed by the EPA.

"The message we want to deliver today is that once E15 gas is offered for sale, there are a variety of reasons not to put it in your motorcycle or ATV gas tank," Szauter said. "In fact, the EPA even says you aren't allowed to put E15 in your bike."

The EPA said a decision on the use of E15 in model year 2001 to 2006 vehicles will be made after new test results are received. The EPA is also proposing E15 pump labeling requirements so that consumers don't mistakenly put E15 in the wrong vehicles.

Bob Greco, spokesman for the American Petroleum Institute, told The Wall Street Journal that by approving E15 without full testing, the EPA is putting "politics before science."

"You're going to have fuels in the marketplace that could damage engines and void warranties," Greco told the newspaper.

The AMA is a member of AllSAFE, the Alliance for a Safe Alternative Fuels Environment, a group formed to ensure that fuels containing ethanol are promoted in a thoughtful manner. AllSAFE is made up of associations that represent consumer and commercial users of ethanol blends, manufacturers of boats, vehicles, engines and equipment, and retailers who sell gasoline and ethanol-fuel blends
 

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I have been follwoing this through SEMA. A few things are going to hold it back. First is it is optional for stations to carry it. Some experts feel that with the poor economy, most wont want to invest in a fuel that can only be pumped into a small precentage of cars. Invest they deemed as lableing, possiable dedicated pumps and tanks. Being they are recomending it only for cars 2007 and newer it cant be across the board like the 10% they now have. Its not so much the performace that is an issue its ethonal damaging rubber fuel lines. Includeing o-rings that seal injectors and are used in some fuel line connectors. 2007 all rubber is to be replaced with a meterial that is not going to break down. Obviuosly Flex-Fuel cars are OK.

As far as our bikes, I have a 2007, but do not think the fuel curve is set to handle 15%. I asume guys with fuelers can adjust and ones without may have to buy a download. The ownersmanual says do not run any fuel with an Ethonal rating higher that 10%. At the time the only other thing around was E85.

Performance wise 15% will show up as a lean condition. It takes more ethonal to make the same power as gas. Stochiometric (perfect air fuel ratio) is different for both. Gas is 14.7:1 , ethonal is (I cant find a hard number) 8-11:1. Just for fun Nitromethane is pumped into an 8000HP motor ar almost 2:1. First number is air second number is fuel.

An issue if tunned for I say no. As far as the rubber parts I also say no in new cars. Cars or bikes that have Carbs now that may be a bigger problem. Many 2006 and older Harley airheads are going to have a bigger problem than us. Carbs were never designed to run ethonal. The 15% mat cause damage to all the rubber parts inside the car that are fuel soaked all the time. Fuel leaks ontop of hot exhuast may be a problem. This is what SEMA and AMA has conserns about. Both want cleaner air but not at the expence of safty.
 

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There have been many asking for this for many years.We are becoming self dependent.
The problem I see with this,is we have to borrow the money to finance our self dependence on new automobile fuels.
The greatest push we saw was the CFC program where the highways have all but been cleaned of the clunkers.It's hard to spot a vehicle older than a 1996 around here.
This is part of my new venture for educating myself on hybrid vehicles.There here,and I need to work for another 20 years or so.
 
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