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What fuel can I use in my car

Presently here in the east there are or will be 3 types of fuel. My next 
article will cover regular vs premium fuels 
These types of fuel are classified as : 

  • E 10 
  • E 15 
  • E85 

E85 is a high-level gasoline-ethanol blend containing 51% to 83% ethanol, depending on geography and season 
and can be used in flexible fuel vehicles
 (FFVs) which are commonly available from 
domestic and foreign automakers. 
The primary source of ethanol is corn, but other grains or biomass sources 
may be used as feedstocks 
Other than lower gas mileage, motorists will see little difference when 
using E85 versus gasoline. E85 has about 27% less energy per gallon than 
gasoline (mileage penalty lessens as ethanol content decreases), but, because 
ethanol is a high-octane fuel, it offers increased vehicle power and 
performance Other than lower gas mileage, motorists will see little difference 
when using E85 versus gasoline. E85 has about 27% less energy per gallon than 
gasoline (mileage penalty lessens as ethanol content decreases), but, 
because ethanol is a high-octane fuel, it offers increased vehicle power and 
performance 


E10, 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. 

E15 is a blend of gasoline and up to 15 vol% ethanol. 
What EPA says E15 can fuel: 

  •  Flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs) 
  •  MY2001 and newer cars 
  •  MY2001 and newer light-duty trucks 
  •  MY2001 and newer medium-duty passenger vehicles (SUVs) 

What the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers 
According to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Problems could 
include engine damage caused by the corrosive ethanol, even in the late model 
cars that the EPA says are good to go. The organization, which represents 12 
major automakers, including Ford, GM and Chrysler, says its own long-term 
durability tests found that E15 could cause a host of issues for even newer 
cars, including misfires, increased emissions and costly damage to engine 
components like valve stems and cylinder heads. 
Only flex-fuel vehicles designed to burn fuel blends that contain up to 85 
percent ethanol, 2013 model year Fords, 2012 Model year GM cars and 
Porsches built since 2001 are specifically approved by their manufacturers to use 

E15. BMW, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen have already said that 
their warrantees will not cover E15-related damage, while eight others, 
including Ford and GM, say E15 use may void coverage on unapproved cars. That 
leaves just 12 percent of the vehicles on the road fully compliant with E15, 
according to the Alliance 


In July, a service station in Lawrence, Kansas, became the first in the 
nation to offer E15 and AAA says that only a handful of stations have 
followed suit, mostly in Corn Belt states 

My suggestion is to stay away from E 15 until more data is accumulated 


Robert Gittleman 
Westbrant Garage Inc 
Clark NJ 07066


Written on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by
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