September 2012

Trends and Resources

HP Industry Perspectives: Industry Perspectives

Key industry officials answer a poll question from

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 introductio

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