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what is e15

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 stocks

What is E15?
what vehicles may not use e15

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)

What Vehicles May NOT Use E15?
federal legislation

Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007

Significantly increases the amount of biofuels, such as ethanol, to be used in transportation fuel.

Federal Legislation

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.

motorcycle industry council


15 percent blend could affect engine durability and deterioration.

Banned motorcycles from using the blend

No legal resource for blown out bike engines due to the use of E15.

Motorcycle Industry Council
concerns from the a m a

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 fuels

Concerns from the AMA
why not just avoid buying e15

Potential for misfueling

Blender pumps contain multiple grades of gasoline dispensed through a single hose, in a single pump.

Residual fuel left in the hose from the previous user, inadvertently allows for cross contamination with E15.

Why not just avoid buying E15?
ama mrf bikepac call to action

Sign the AMA’s electronic petition

Send a pre-written letter to your representative and senators

Not sure who your Oregon Legislators are? Click Here

Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your member of Congress.

AMA/MRF/BikePAC Call To Action
possible solutions

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
The AMA and MRF strongly urge motorcycle riders to avoid E15, until it has been proven safe for motorcycles, and Take action now.What Can You Do?
federal legislation1

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 states

Federal Legislation
sb 213
SB 213

Temporarily suspends minimum ethanol content requirement for gasoline.Status:

Dead On Arrival

Requires Department of Transportation to study issues related to alternative fuel vehicles.Status:DeadHB 2758
hb 3448
HB 3448

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.aspx


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!

Possible solutions

HR 875 current status