E15 Fuel Introduction Into The U.S. Marketplace Will Probably Stall For A Year

fuel-pumpAccess to safe fuels for motorcycles remains a priority. In a news brief on November 15, 2013 from the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), it was revealed that the release of E15 fuel into the US market could be stalled for some time, which is news that should come as a relief to motorcyclists across the country. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to reduce the total amount of ethanol required in transportation fuel nationwide in 2014, which could slow the introduction of E15 fuel into the marketplace. This news means that motorcyclists don’t have to worry for a little while longer about damage to their engines when accidentally fueling up with E15 fuel.

The reason why the United States is keen on having E15 fuel is because it will stretch fuel supplies and supposedly help lessen dependence on non-renewable fuels. E15 is a fuel blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline that the EPA has approved for use in 2001-and-newer passenger vehicles BUT NOT for motorcycles, ATVs, boats, lawn mowers and other small engines. Ethanol is grain alcohol produced from crops such as corn that is mixed with gasoline to produce an ethanol-gasoline blend motor fuel. Currently, E15 fuel is available in a minority of states: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The majority of fuel in the United States is E10.

12 Responses to “E15 Fuel Introduction Into The U.S. Marketplace Will Probably Stall For A Year”

  1. 1 JB Jan 16th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    E15 is in stations in Lubbock, Texas

  2. 2 Rodent Jan 16th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    A good reason not to go to Lubeck!

  3. 3 cafesportytc Jan 16th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    how bout stalling forever… would prefer that

  4. 4 Rod Jan 16th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    How about more E0

  5. 5 Tobby Jan 16th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Others have mentioned it but the website pure-gas.org shows where to get fuel without ethanol. They even have apps now for your smartphone.

  6. 6 Mike Greenwald Jan 16th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    If they take it out of the fuel pump, what will the government do with their legalized moonshine business?

  7. 7 LoneRider Jan 16th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Glad there are FIVE gas stations locally that have NO ethanol mixed gas. There are the busiest in the valley but who cares that is where I buy all my gas not this ethanol mixed garbage. I run my bikes and muscle cars on no mix, and will drive that extra couple of miles and wait in line if need be.

  8. 8 Dave Blevins Jan 16th, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I wish that crap would just go away already.

  9. 9 nicker Jan 16th, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    “…I wish that crap would just go away already…”

    Well, that would require getting rid of the morons who are proposing this idiocy.
    It certainly wouldn’t do any harm….. 🙂


  10. 10 Jim Jan 17th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Nicker is right!!!!! “We the people” have got to make it go away!!!!!!

  11. 11 Rodent Jan 17th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Cutting out ethanol will kill the corn agribusiness in the Midwest .

  12. 12 Mike Greenwald Jan 17th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    You have less than two weeks to tell the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that you support its proposal to reduce the total amount of ethanol required in transportation fuel nationwide in 2014.

    You play an important role in convincing the EPA to change the 2014 ethanol mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

    As of Jan. 17, the EPA has heard from more than 4,000 motorcyclists! But the EPA needs to hear from more of you to counter the pro-ethanol groups that want E15 to be sold throughout the country.

    During this public comment period, you can tell the agency how this proposal will help protect 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in America — and the riders who depend on their safe operation — from inadvertent misfueling.

    Don’t forget, the deadline for comments is Jan. 28! Act today to ensure your voice is heard.

    The EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

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