What is E15?
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What is E15?E15 is a blend of gasoline and up to 15 vol% ethanol. Prior to EPA's October waiver decision, the amount of ethanol in motor vehicle gasoline was limited to 10 vol% (E10). E10 was granted a waiver under Clean Air Act section 211(f)(4) more than 30 years ago and is now ubiquitous in the marketplace, making up over 90% of the U.S. gasoline market.
The primary source of ethanol is corn, but other grains or biomass sources may be used as feed stocks
What Vehicles May Use E15?
What Vehicles May NOT Use E15?All motorcycles All vehicles with heavy-duty engines, such as school buses, transit buses, and delivery trucks All off-road vehicles, such as boats and snowmobiles All engines in off-road equipment, such as lawnmowers and chain saws All MY2000 and older cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles (SUVs)
Federal LegislationEnergy Independence and Security Act of 2007 Significantly increases the amount of biofuels, such as ethanol, to be used in transportation fuel.
EPA and DOT Move E10 and E15 Gas Blend
AAA there are 169,000 gas stations in the US and 20,000 are selling E-15.
AAAMost auto and motorcycle manufactures will not honor warranties when the engine is damaged by E-15 and the fuel providers, do not seem to be standing behind their product.
Motorcycle Industry Council. 15 percent blend could affect engine durability and deterioration. Banned motorcycles from using the blendNo legal resource for blown out bike engines due to the use of E15.
Concerns from the AMA E15 burns hotter than E10, creating potential engine damage, especially in air cooled engines, and high performance, water cooled engines.Street and off road motorcycles and ATVsEthanol based fuels are hygroscopicAbsorbs moisture and can hold more water than traditional fuels
AMA opposes EPA remedy The EPA proposed a 4 gallon purchase requirement, as a solution to dilute the residual ethanol.
Concerns from the AMA Many motorcycle tanks don't hold four gallons, making it impossible for riders to legally fill their tanks
Why not just avoid buying E15?
Potential for misfueling
Blender pumps contain multiple grades of gasoline dispensed through a single hose, in a single pump. Residual fuel left in the hose from the previous user, inadvertently allows for cross contamination with E15.
Most motorists don't know the difference between E10 and regular gasoline.
AMA/MRF/BikePAC Call To Action
Sign the AMAs electronic petitionSend a pre-written letter to your representative and senators Not sure who your Oregon Legislators are? Click Here
Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your member of Congress.
Possible solutionsHouse Committee Approves HR 875 Ethanol Study Bill, requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct a comprehensive study on the E-15 gasoline fuel blends. The committee approved the bill, , by a vote of 18-17.
What Can You Do?The AMA and MRF strongly urge motorcycle riders to avoid E15, until it has been proven safe for motorcycles, and Take action now.
HR875 would direct the EPA to do more research on the effects of e-15 blends, and halt the sale of E-15Authored by Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI-5)this bill passed out of committee last May SB 344 would prohibit the sale of gasoline containing more than 10% ethanol blends to be used in light duty vehicles authored by statesFederal Legislation
SB 213Temporarily suspends minimum ethanol content requirement for gasoline. Status:Dead On Arrival
HB 2758Requires Department of Transportation to study issues related to alternative fuel vehicles. Status: Dead
HB 3448Exempts diesel fuel sold to facilities that store more than 50 gallons of fuel for use in emergency power generation from requirement to contain certain percentage of biodiesel or to contain other diesel with specified percentage of renewable component. Status: 5-13 (H) Governor signed.5-13 (H) Chapter 89, (2013 Laws): Effective date January 1, 2014.
Resources American Petroleum Institute http://www.api.org/ FillUPonfacts.com http://filluponfacts.com/biofuels-mandate-defend-reform-or-repeal/ AAA http://newsroom.aaa.com/2012/11/new-e15-gasoline-may-damage-vehicles-and-cause-consumer-confusion/ EPA website http://www.epa.gov/otaq/regs/fuels/additive/e15/e15-faq.htm AMA- American Motorcycle Association http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/News/13-06-19/Motorcyclists_rally_in_Washington_D_C_seeking_independent_testing_of_E15_fuel_blend.aspx
ResourcesMRF- Motorcycle Riders Foundation http://www.mrf.org/archive/articles/2011/11NR28.htm BikePAC/AMA Call To Action http://www.bikepac.com/cta-call-to-action/ Motorcycle Industry Council http://www.mic.org/
IndexWhat is E15?What Vehicles May Use E15?What Vehicles May NOT Use E15?Ethanol - Federal LegislationEPA and DOT act by moving E10 and E15 gas blendMotorcycle Injury Council American Motorcycle Association's position AMA raises concerns with the EPAAMA raises concerns with the EPAWhy not just avoid buying E15?Why is Testing important?What YOU can DO!Possible solutionsHR 875 current status