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

Car Makers Take Stage at Ethanol Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

Representatives from General Motors, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz talked “Future Fuels and Higher Octane” at the National Ethanol Conference last week in Las Vegas. Kristy Moore, Vice President, Technical Services, Renewable Fuels Association moderated the panel and said the manufacturers are facing some real challenges. “They are under significant pressure to create a vehicle that meets these regulatory …

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

GM Adds B20 Chevy Cruze to Lineup

Joanna Schroeder

The 2013 National Automobile Dealers Association and American Truck Dealers convention kicks off this week in Orlando, Florida and heading into the event General Motors has announced it new 2014 Chevy Cruze light-duty diesel passenger car is approved for use with B20 (20 percent biodiesel). “We applaud General Motors for its foresight in approving the new diesel Chevy Cruze for …

advance biofuels, Biodiesel, Car Makers, NBB