E85, Biodiesel Vehicles Dominate EcoCAR 2

John Davis

Vehicles running on high blends of ethanol and biodiesel dominated the third year of EcoCAR 2 – a joint competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors (GM) that challenged 15 college teams to reduce fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and tailpipe emissions, while providing consumers with an acceptable vehicle to drive. A team from Ohio …

Biodiesel, Car Makers, E85, Ethanol, Ethanol News

EPA Releases Tier 3 Emission Standards

Joanna Schroeder

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its Tier 3 Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standard Program rules. The purpose of the program is to reduce impacts of motor vehicles on air quality and public health. In addition to lower the gasoline sulfur standard, the program is supposed to reduce both tailpipe and evaporative emissions from passenger cars, light-duty truck, medium-duty …

automotive, Car Makers, EPA, Ethanol

Driving Through the Blend Wall

Cindy Zimmerman

We’ve heard a lot about how higher ethanol blends might affect the producers of the green fuel and the impacts to consumers on the other end. But what about the viewpoint of those who have to build the vehicles on which these higher blends would run? Representatives from General Motors and Mercedes-Benz were among the experts on a panel at …

Audio, automotive, Car Makers, Ethanol, Ethanol News, National Ethanol Conference, RFA

New GM Trucks to Offer CNG, Biodiesel Options

John Davis

General Motors is offering some pretty clean options in a couple of its 2015 pickup trucks. This story from NGTNews says the latest Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickup trucks will have compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system options, as well as being able to run on B20 biodiesel. “Because HD customers tailor their trucks to their specific …

Biodiesel, Car Makers, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)

Ford Explains Ethanol Program to ACE Members

John Davis

Knowing what automobile makers what and need for fuel and how those companies are moving forward in their green energy programs is some good information for the recent attendees at last week’s American Coalition for Ethanol’s (ACE) “Unite and Ignite” conference in Des Moines, Iowa. “We’re committed to supporting biofuels by providing a range of products that provide biofuel capability …

ACE, ACE Ethanol Conference, Car Makers, Ethanol

Biodiesel-Ready Chevy Cruze Gets Even Cleaner

John Davis

Chevy’s Cruze is already a pretty clean burner, as it takes the green fuel biodiesel. Now with the 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, the company says the advanced 2.0L engine with its variable-swirl intake system creates a “perfect storm” of air and fuel that helps enhance performance while reducing emissions. “Variable swirl helps put the ‘clean’ in Cruze Clean Turbo …

Biodiesel, Car Makers

RFA Comments on Proposed Tier 3 Rule

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week regarding the proposed rule on Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards. Kelly Davis, RFA Director of Regulatory Affairs, says they support the timely implementation of the Tier 3 standards especially the proposal to establish E15 as the certification test fuel beginning in 2017. …

Audio, Car Makers, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFA

Biodiesel-20 Ready Chevy Cruze Tops Hybrids in MPG

John Davis

The latest Chevy to hit the streets, the new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, capable of using B20 biodiesel blends, is being touted as getting better mileage that some hybrids out there. This company news release points out the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel gets an industry best EPA-estimated 46 MPG on the highway, better than any non-hybrid passenger car …

Biodiesel, Car Makers