Analysis Shows Auto Makers Recommend E15 for Use in Two-Thirds of New Vehicles
November 11, 2014 - Issue #203View Full Issue
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) recently announced that two-thirds of warranty statements and owner’s manuals for model year (MY) 2015 vehicles explicitly approve the use of E15, meaning nearly 63 percent of MY 2015 vehicles will have unequivocal E15 approval from their manufacturers. When paired with MY 2015 flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) production, it is estimated that E15 is auto manufacturer approved for close to 70 percent of MY 2015 vehicles.
“Americans want the freedom to choose what fuel to put into their vehicles. For years, Big Oil has monopolized the market and limited that choice,” stated RFA CEO Bob Dinneen. “But, today’s analysis should send a clear message to the EPA andCongress that E15 is here to stay. Even with falling gas prices, ethanol remains the lowest cost liquid transportation fuel on the planet. If EPA reverses course and embraces the statutory levels of the Renewable Fuel Standard, E15 and higher level ethanol blends will propel our country past the so-called ‘blend wall’ and increased biofuels use will move our country to a clean and sustainable future.”
The RFA analysis revealed several promising trends, including:
- After approving the use of E15 in some of its 2014 Honda and Acura models, Honda Motor Company has extended E15 warranty coverage to all models in 2015.
- All Toyota models in 2015 include explicit E15 approval, up from just a fraction of Toyota models in 2014. Just as in 2014, E15 is approved for use in most, but not all, 2015 Lexus models.
- For the fourth year in a row, General Motors approves the use of E15 in all models. Similarly, E15 is approved in all Ford models for the third year in a row. Vehicles from these two automakers alone account for roughly one-third of sales in the United States.
- Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, and Volkswagen also expressly approved the use of E15 in their 2015 models.
- Inexplicably, the Chrysler Group failed for the fourth year in a row to approve the use of E15 in owners’ manuals for its models. Still, a significant share of Chrysler output is expected to be FFV-capable, meaning E15 is approved for use in those vehicles.
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