SAFE Vehicles Rule Misses High Octane Opportunity

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol groups are calling the final Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule setting corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) and CO2 emissions standards for model years 2021-2026 passenger cars and light trucks a “missed opportunity to provide a pathway for high octane, low carbon fuel.” American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings said EPA specifically requested comments on the role …

ACE, automotive, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Renewable Fuels Association, RFA

RFA Reviews 2020 Vehicle Models for Ethanol Usage

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) finds good news for E15 but bad news for higher blends of ethanol in its review of 2020 model year vehicles. The RFA analysis of vehicle owner’s manuals and warranty statements reveals that nearly all new 2020 automobiles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15). However, RFA’s annual …

automotive, E15, E85, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Flex Fuel Vehicles, RFA

NCGA Participates in Ag-Auto-Ethanol Work Group

Cindy Zimmerman

Representatives from state and national corn growers’ associations were among those in attendance at the recently Ag-Auto-Ethanol Work Group Annual Forum in Detroit, Michigan. The forum took a deep dive into environmental issues, future engine technologies and the potential cost-benefit of high-octane low-carbon fuels at the pump. “This forum is an opportunity to bring together a cross-section of groups which …

automotive, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NCGA

Auto Channel Defends Ethanol Against Engine Damage Claims

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol defender Marc Rauch of The Auto Channel took on “Testing Anti-Ethanol Tests” recently to disprove that ethanol causes engine damage, while at the same time showing that anti-ethanol additives are worthless. Rauch took exception to a recent video posted by Todd Osgood who has a YouTube channel called PROJECT FARM. The video was titled “Does Fuel Stabilizer Prevent Ethanol …

automotive, Ethanol

Growth Energy Thrilled with Automotive Training Partnership

Cindy Zimmerman

A new partnership between the American Ethanol program and the biggest automotive technical institute in the country is an important step forward in Growth Energy‘s mission to show consumers the many benefits of high octane biofuels. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says the new partnership is with Universal Technical Institute (UTI), the nation’s leading provider of technical training for automotive, …

Audio, automotive, Education, Ethanol, Growth Energy

GM and Honda Join for Fuel Cell Production

Cindy Zimmerman

General Motors and Honda are teaming up to mass produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system in the auto industry’s first manufacturing joint venture. Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC will operate within GM’s existing battery pack manufacturing facility site in Brownstown, Michigan, south of Detroit. Mass production of fuel cell systems is expected to begin around 2020 and create nearly …

automotive, Car Makers, Hydrogen

RFA Analysis Finds 80% Cars Warrantied for #E15

Joanna Schroeder

A new analysis of warranty statements and owner’s manuals conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) finds that more than 80 percent of vehicles model year 2017 are approved for the use of E15 by the manufacturer. This is an increase of 10 percent from model year 2016. Model Year 2017 is the first for Hyundai Motor Company and Kia …

automotive, E15, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

Mick Henderson Takes the Mic on Car Clinic

Joanna Schroeder

Commonwealth Agri-Energy General Manager Mick Henderson is taking the mic during Bobby Likis Car Clinic tomorrow. Henderson, who is also the Chairman of the Board for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), joins Likis Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10:41 am ET. With the 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule nearing the end of interagency review (officially November 30, 2016), Henderson …

automotive, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFS