High Octane, Low Carb #Biofuels Better for Fuel Economy

Joanna Schroeder

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle, is leading an effort to ensure that high octane, low carbon fuels are part of EPA’s midterm evaluation of the progress of federal fuel economy standards. Daschle was the author of the reformulated and oxygenated fuel provisions of the Clean Air Act, and also the lead sponsor of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), …

Alternative Vehicles, automotive, biofuels, Car Makers, Carbon Dioxide, EPA, Ethanol, Legislation

Volvo OKs Use of Renewable Diesel

John Davis

Truck maker Volvo has given the green light the use of renewable diesel in its proprietary engines. This company news release says it is the first to endorse the use of renewable diesel, and the green fuel will offer environmental and cost-savings benefits to customers. “Environmental care is a core value of Volvo Trucks, and we are pleased to offer …

Car Makers, renewable diesel

VW’s Diesel Scandal Could Hurt Biodiesel

John Davis

A growing scandal that Volkswagen created software to let its diesel vehicles cheat some environmental tests could have implications for the even greener fuel biodiesel. This story from CBS News says VW cheating on diesel with possibly as many as 11 million vehicles doesn’t help the fuel’s greener cousin. “It’s a shame when someone tries to cheat this test because …

Biodiesel, Car Makers

Oberon, Ford Team Up to Build First DME Car

John Davis

Oberon Fuels, Inc. is partnering with Ford Motor Company and other European companies to build the world’s first dimethyl ether-powered car. This Oberon news release says the 3-year, €3.5 million project will research, analyze and test the potential of DME and oligomethyl ether (OME) fuel in passenger cars and heavy-duty truck engines, and ultimately build the world’s first production passenger …

Car Makers

E15 Approved for 2016 Fiat Chrysler Models

Cindy Zimmerman

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) had approved the use of E15 (15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) in its model year 2016 Chrysler/Fiat, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles. According to the new owners manuals for the vehicles, “Non-Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFV) are compatible with gasoline containing up to 15% ethanol (E15).” The decision means that FCA joins General Motors and …

automotive, Car Makers, E15, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

Two-Thirds of New Vehicles Approved for E15

Cindy Zimmerman

Auto manufacturers explicitly approve the use of E15 (15 percent ethanol blend fuel) in approximately two-thirds of new vehicles, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). RFA’s analysis of model year (MY) 2015 warranty statements and owner’s manuals finds that nearly 63 percent of MY 2015 vehicles will have E15 approval from their manufacturers. E15 is approved by the Environmental …

automotive, Car Makers, E15, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Ford Hauls Bad Guys Away with Biodiesel and E85

John Davis

Ford is doing its part in helping clean up the streets while also cleaning the environment. The automaker has introduced its new 2015 Ford Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle, or Transit PTV, capable of hauling up to 12 prisoners at a time and able to run on biodiesel or E85 ethanol. “Transit PTV is the latest example of Ford’s deep commitment …

Biodiesel, Car Makers, E85, Ethanol

DOE Funds EV Everywhere Grand Challenge

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $55 million for 31 new projects to accelerate research and development of critical vehicle technologies that will improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs. These new projects are aimed at meeting the goals and objectives of the President’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, as well as improvements in other vehicle technologies such …

Alternative Vehicles, Car Makers, Electric Vehicles

Future for Ethanol Blends

Cindy Zimmerman

Getting higher blends of ethanol in the marketplace continues to be frustrating, even with the approval of E15 (15% ethanol). The biggest problem continues to be roadblocks by oil companies, according to American Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty, who compared the sale and use of E15 to premium gasoline. “If you total (all the) vehicles that could …

ACE, ACE Ethanol Conference, Audio, automotive, blends, Car Makers, Ethanol, Ethanol News