Auto Industry Willing to Talk Higher Ethanol Blends

Auto Industry Willing to Talk Higher Ethanol Blends

Dialog on making future vehicles run with higher levels.

During Thursday's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, Shane Karr, Vice President of Federal Governmental Affairs for the Auto Alliance, stated that automakers would commit to a dialog with Congress and the appropriate federal agencies to discuss making future light duty vehicles capable of running on gasoline/alcohol blends at a level higher than what is available today at E10, for model years beyond an established timeframe.  Karr said the availability of the new fuel should coincide with the availability of the vehicles that can run on the new fuel, so there is a market for both.

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen believes getting more Americans behind the wheel of a car capable of utilizing higher ethanol blends is critical to our nation's energy goals and those of the Renewable Fuels Standard.  The RFA is eager to begin this dialogue with automakers to permanently tear down artificial barriers to ethanol use. 

That would mean more flexible fuel vehicles, more conventional vehicles using blends above E10, and more blender pumps at gas stations.  While differences in approach may exist, Dinneen says he believes they can find common ground that meets the needs of both our industries as well as satisfying the performance and safety needs of American drivers.

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