“However inconceivable it may seem, ethanol has managed to earn itself another enemy.“
It’s not so hard – just stop diluting fuel ya dopey beggars!
To service-station owners, refiners, vintage-car collectors, economists and car manufacturers themselves, add motorcycle riders.
At issue is E15, the fuel blend consisting of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, rather than the typical 10-percent, 90-percent formulation, E10. The Environmental Protection Agency has approved E15 for all cars from the 2001 model year and newer, although most standard cars warn in the owner’s manual that using a blend above 10 percent can void the warranty. The E.P.A. has not approved its use for any motorcycles or all-terrain vehicles.
Last month a chain of service stations in eastern Kansas began offering E15 for passenger cars; higher-concentration ethanol formulations have long been available for so-called flex-fuel vehicles, which can run on any blend consisting of up to 85 percent ethanol. None of these, however, are intended for use in lawnmowers, leaf blowers or other gasoline-powered nonroad equipment, especially equipment that positions an engine close to the user, where a fire could be catastrophic.