E15 is a blend of gasoline and up to 15 vol% ethanol.Prior to EPA's October waiver decision, the amount of ethanol in motor vehicle gasoline was limited to 10 vol% (E10). E10 was granted a waiver under Clean Air Act section 211(f)(4) more than 30 years ago and is now ubiquitous in the marketplace, making up over 90% of the U.S. gasoline market.
The primary source of ethanol is corn, but other grains or biomass sources may be used as feed stocksWhat is E15?
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)What Vehicles May NOT Use E15?
Most auto and motorcycle manufactures will not honor warranties when the engine is damaged by E-15 and the fuel providers, do not seem to be standing behind their product.AAA
E15 burns hotter than E10, creating potential engine damage, especially in air cooled engines, and high performance, water cooled engines.
Street and off road motorcycles and ATVs
Ethanol based fuels are hygroscopic
Absorbs moisture and can hold more water than traditional fuelsConcerns from the AMA
Most motorists don't know the difference between E10 and regular gasoline.
House Committee Approves HR 875 Ethanol Study Bill, requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct a comprehensive study on the E-15 gasoline fuel blends. The committee approved the bill, , by a vote of 18-17.Possible solutions
HR875 would direct the EPA to do more research on the effects of e-15 blends, and halt the sale of E-15
Authored by Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI-5)
this bill passed out of committee last May
SB 344 would prohibit the sale of gasoline containing more than 10% ethanol blends to be used in light duty vehicles authored by statesFederal Legislation
Temporarily suspends minimum ethanol content requirement for gasoline.Status:
Dead On Arrival
Exempts diesel fuel sold to facilities that store more than 50 gallons of fuel for use in emergency power generation from requirement to contain certain percentage of biodiesel or to contain other diesel with specified percentage of renewable component.Status:
5-13 (H) Governor signed.
5-13 (H) Chapter 89, (2013 Laws): Effective date January 1, 2014.
American Petroleum Institutehttp://www.api.org/FillUPonfacts.comhttp://filluponfacts.com/biofuels-mandate-defend-reform-or-repeal/AAAhttp://newsroom.aaa.com/2012/11/new-e15-gasoline-may-damage-vehicles-and-cause-consumer-confusion/EPA websitehttp://www.epa.gov/otaq/regs/fuels/additive/e15/e15-faq.htmAMA- American Motorcycle Associationhttp://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/News/13-06-19/Motorcyclists_rally_in_Washington_D_C_seeking_independent_testing_of_E15_fuel_blend.aspxResources
MRF- Motorcycle Riders Foundationhttp://www.mrf.org/archive/articles/2011/11NR28.htmBikePAC/AMA Call To Actionhttp://www.bikepac.com/cta-call-to-action/Motorcycle Industry Councilhttp://www.mic.org/
What is E15?
What Vehicles May Use E15?
What Vehicles May NOT Use E15?
Ethanol - Federal Legislation
EPA and DOT act by moving E10 and E15 gas blend
Motorcycle Injury Council
American Motorcycle Association's position
AMA raises concerns with the EPA
AMA raises concerns with the EPA
Why not just avoid buying E15?
Why is Testing important?
What YOU can DO!
HR 875 current status