Here is an E10/E15 update from the Marine side of the business.
From "Trade Only", an email newsletter as reported by the NMMA.
"AAA has come out against the use of E15 at gas stations. “With little consumer knowledge about E15 and less than 5 percent of cars on the road approved by automakers to use that fuel, AAA is urging regulators and the industry to stop the sale of E15 until motorists are better protected,” the federation of motor clubs said in a statement issued Friday.
“In smaller quantities, ethanol is really good. It’s an oxygenator,” Currie told Trade Only. “The NMMA is not anti-ethanol. We can live with it in lower levels. It’s just when they increase it above 10 percent that it hurts engines.”
“Alcohol burns hotter than gasoline and causes engine damage,” he added. “It’s all a matter of heat.”
Whenever a person uses a gasoline pump, about half to three-quarters of a gallon is left in the hose, Currie said. So the EPA said it would mandate that a minimum of 4 gallons be dispensed at a time to dilute the concentration of fuel left behind.
“If you’re filling up a little tank to fill your (think motorcycle or ATV) lawnmower or weed whacker, what do you do? Do you pour the rest on the ground? They don’t say,” Currie said.
Ethanol has fewer Btu per gallon than gasoline, so the more ethanol the worse the gas mileage, Currie said."
My comment: The new regulations will be made by legislators on behalf of their largest campaign contributors unless there is a united National industry (marine, auto, motorcycle, ATV, chain saw, etc)response that counters the corporate, agricultural, and Wall Street lobbying efforts and money. This issue is about giving money back to donors and not what is best for the environment. Follow the money.
Look at the bright side, it may force Suzuki to put a 5 or 6 gallon tank on the C50!
I would solve the mixture problem by having the multi mixture pumps have a single hose jacket over two smaller lines one for ethanol and one for gas with the computer doing the mixing right at the delivery nozzle. With modern computers everyone can then get the proper mixture. E00, E05
, E10, E15, E30 or E85. I may be the first to use the E00 and E05
designations. To keep folks from drinking the ethanol the ethanol side wouldn't be pure ethanol (equivalent to grain alcohol) but be E85 to be mixed with the gas as needed to produce the desired blends.
The idea of spilling the gas on the ground or requiring dilution of the hose fluid by a minimum volume is silly.
Ethanol has fewer Btu per gallon than gasoline, so the more ethanol the worse the gas mileage, Currie said. But the saving grace may be the Ethanol enriched gas is cheaper according to most comparison pump post costs and the math shows the cost per mile is lower with ethanol fewer BTUs. For me I can live with lower MPG if they are in fact they are cheaper miles.