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Industry Perspectives

09.01.2012  | 

Key industry officials answer a poll question from HydrocarbonProcessing.com


Is it reasonable for 15% fuel ethanol blends (E15) to be used in passenger vehicles during the next decade?

  “My answer is only in certain regions. Autos in some countries like Brazil already use 25% ethanol in the gasoline blend. Brazil is also unique in that there is a large portion of the auto fleet that can use 100% ethanol fuel instead of gasoline. In the U.S., we expect the E10 gasoline blend to remain the dominant fuel product and do not expect widespread introduction of E15 for at least another five years. Most U.S. fuel retailers have been reluctant to sell the E15 blend because use of the fuel would void most new car warranties. Another barrier to the introduction of E15 is that state-level fuel specifications would need to be changed; something that took several years when ethanol was first introduced in the late 2000s.”

—Alfred Luaces, IHS Senior Director of Research and Analysis,
Global Petroleum Markets

  “After more testing than has ever been completed for a 211(f) fuel waiver, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of E-15 for use in 2001 and newer vehicles. Its use will grow slowly over time as the resistance to its use by the refining industry withers in the face of compelling economics and consumer choice.”

—Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association 


“E15 should be made available when the science shows it is safe for consumers and consumers actually demand the fuel. Over 95% of cars and light trucks in the U.S. are currently built to run on gasoline containing 10 percent ethanol, or E10, and today’s auto manufacturers will not warranty their engines for the use of fuel with higher ethanol content. They have good cause; a recent CRC study issued in May shows that even the use of E15 in EPA-approved vehicles can cause significant damage.”

—Charles T. Drevna, President of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) 

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