E85: Lofty Goal or Unachievable Pipe Dream?

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August 21, 2015

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has set us up for failure.

Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledged that the level of ethanol the RFS mandated be blended into fuel will exceed the level of ethanol that can safely go into the fuel supply, a tipping point known as the “blend wall.”

To avoid reaching this blend wall, the EPA recommended lowering the mandate, resulting in major political pressure from ethanol makers.

So, what is the ethanol lobby’s solution to the blend wall? Surprising to no one, they recommend…more ethanol.

Ethanol companies say that the blend wall can be avoided if more motorists use higher blends of ethanol like E85—which contains 85 percent ethanol, instead of the standard E10 which only contains 10 percent ethanol.

But here’s the issue: Not only is ethanol damaging to our engines and the environment, but the consumer demand for E85 and the infrastructure needed to support it just don’t exist.

If anything, encouraging E85 use would only serve to exacerbate the greater ethanol problem and confirm what we already know: the promises of ethanol are nothing more than a pipe dream.

Learn more by taking a look at our infographic below.