Automakers to EPA: We Don’t Like E15

According to published reports, Chrysler, Toyota and GM recently sent letters to the U.S. EPA criticizing that group’s decision to allow fuel retailers to market E15, a mixture of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. While most fuel marketers already sell E10 (10 percent ethanol, 90 percent gasoline), the stronger alcohol concentration of E15 could void manufacturer warranties, the automakers warn.

The EPA ruled recently that E15 may be used in cars dating back to 2001 models. Retailers who wish to market the fuel (here’s betting there won’t be many) must use an orange and black label to denote the mixture.

(This post written while listening to “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant.)

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National Oil & Lube News is the fast oil change industry's oldest and largest trade publication. Started in 1986 by Steve Hurt (a former fast lube owner) and David Arrington, NOLN has grown and evolved right alongside the fast lube industry. Here at NOLN, our aim is to help fast lube operators with every facet of their business, from operations to technical issues. Our monthly magazine and this regularly updated website contain everything from technical tips, recall announcements and service guides to articles on handling customer complaints, building your brand and making your business the best it can be. With tips and advice from experts both inside and outside the industry, you're sure to learn something that can help your fast lube business grow and prosper.
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