DOE delivers E15 test results on 2007-present model vehicles

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The Environmental Protection Agency will receive today a copy of the Department of Energy’s  tests conducted as part of its consideration of a waiver that would allow blend levels to rise to 15 percent ethanol in regular gasoline.

The tests involved rigorous operation of 19 different vehicle models, which were attached to dynamometers and driven by wire 1,000 miles per day over the course of several months, idled only for routine maintenance.

“The science will undeniably support the use of this higher blend,” said MCGA president-elect Greg Schwarz. “And though the process has been slow, we urge government to take swift action now, finish the other battery of tests and clear all vehicles for using 15 percent ethanol. This is the right move to inject energy into our economy and add jobs, and it is the right move to enhance our energy security by getting us that much closer to freedom from foreign oil.”

The DOE is also conducting a second battery of tests of vehicles built between 2001 and 2006, and expects to issue the results of those by the end of November.

The results of these tests will be available at this web location:
http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#docketDetail?R=EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0211

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