Ethanol Group Comes Clean on E15 Problems and Complaints

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Sometimes you just have to suck it up and acknowledge the truth

 

Well, the other shoe has finally dropped. The long-awaited expose of the real issues related to using E15 (15% ethanol and 85% gasoline) is now out in the open. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has released a controversial new video that addresses fuel retailer concerns about potential liability for vehicle damage from the E15 fuel, and features current E15 marketers talking openly about customer E15 complaints. Included in the video is a collection of consumers who have had damage or had warranties voided by using E15.

“There are going to be some people who aren’t very happy about this video,” said Ron Lamberty, ACE Senior Vice President and video host, “but we felt it was important to get E15 retailers and their customers on the record so other marketers considering adding E15 know what they can expect. With all they’ve heard about the dangers of ethanol, prospective retailers need to know the truth about how other marketers like them have dealt with the E15 liability issue.”

I have to admit that when I learned about this new video I had a visceral reaction to the news. Ron Lamberty has become a friend over the years, and I respect the work that ACE has done, but this was surprising news. In fact, I spoke with Ron at the recent RFA National Ethanol Conference in San Antonio and he never even hinted that this was coming.

But, you know, you have to take the bad with the good; the truth can be just plain ugly.

So here it is, I just hope that the energy community can handle the backlash that this video is sure to produce:


 

 

 

Edited by Marc J. Rauch
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If E-85 works with minor adjustments to fuel systems, why should E-15 be a problem? My Town and Country Van burns E-85 just fine, but I am only supposed to go to E-10 with my Nissan NV 3500 passenger van. 

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1 hour ago, ronwagn said:

If E-85 works with minor adjustments to fuel systems, why should E-15 be a problem? My Town and Country Van burns E-85 just fine, but I am only supposed to go to E-10 with my Nissan NV 3500 passenger van. 

Your confusion is correct. Nissan is one of the 2 or 3 car makers that has not yet approved their cars for E15, but it would work fine with E15. It would probably also work fine with E85, but the check engine light would most likely illuminate.

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22 hours ago, Marc J. Rauch said:

Your confusion is correct. Nissan is one of the 2 or 3 car makers that has not yet approved their cars for E15, but it would work fine with E15. It would probably also work fine with E85, but the check engine light would most likely illuminate.

I think the best tactic is to focus on the corn and ethanol producing states and convince the retailers to offer actual savings per mpg over gasoline. Some of us will buy it to help the farmers but most will shy away from it. 

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