US group seeks to ensure 10% ethanol gasoline availability

24 March 2011 00:46  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A group of US automobile, motorcycle, watercraft and snowmobile manufacturers said on Wednesday it asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure the continued sale of gasoline blends with no more than 10% ethanol.

The EPA has approved gasoline fuel blends containing 15% ethanol for passenger vehicles and light trucks manufactured since 2001.

The Engine Products Group, representing makers of snowmobiles, motorcycles and other items, said its products were not designed to run on any fuel containing more than 10% ethanol. The group filed a petition with the EPA.

The manufacturers said they are concerned that retailers are not prepared to offer both 10% and 15% ethanol gasoline at their stations and may opt to offer 15% ethanol gasoline only.

By: Brian Ford
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