This is just a reminder for boaters and outdoor gear junkies who ride motorized off or on road vehicles and bikes who read atombash.com. The EPA’s decision to allow a waiver that increased the amount of ethanol in gasoline from 10% to 15% will affect vehicles manufactured after 2000. The new blended gasoline is called E15. The old name is E10.
In 2009, the ethanol industry petitioned the EPA to increase the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent. A year later, in October 2010, the EPA approved E15 for use in cars from model years 2007 and later. Just three shorts months later, the EPA approved E15 for use in vehicles manufactured from 2001 to 2006.
Ethanol in any quantity that is added to gasoline is not good for your outboard motor, jet and snow ski or other small motors. The new E15 is a blend of gasoline with an ethanol content up to 15 Vol%.
Grocery Manufacturers Association, American Petroleum Institute, American Meat Institute, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and National Petrochemical & Refiners Association brought lawsuit before the DC Court of Appeals which was dismissed on August 12, 2012 because the court said the plaintiffs did not have standing. The case was then elevated and brought before the Supreme Court of the United States where the justices on June 24, 2013 refused to hear the case. This ended the appeal process to stop E15.
Here is a list of vehicles that can use E15?
• Flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs)
• 2001 and newer cars
• 2001 and newer light-duty trucks
• 2001 and newer medium-duty passenger vehicles (SUVs)
Here is a list of vehicles that cannot 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 2000 and older cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles (SUVs)
The decision by the EPA to increase the ethanol content in gasoline from 10% – 15% will have along lasting impact on the outdoor recreation industry for years to come. Click HERE for more information on DC Circuit Court’s ruling. Click HERE for more information on the SCOPUS decision.
Until next time be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.