More on E-15 Gasoline

I wanted to send out some additional information on a topic that we have touched on in the past.  That is the EPA’s recent approval of E-15 gasoline.  E-15, it is gasoline that is blended with 15% ethanol.  As many have pointed out, that is a 50% increase in ethanol over the standard E-10 that most of us are used to seeing and using.  The EPA and DOT are both moving from E-10 to E-15.  This is a controversial issue in that there are questions regarding how E-15 will affect engines, especially smaller ones.  The Motorcycle Industry Counsel claims that E-15 could affect engine durability and deterioration.  Further, if your motorcycle is damaged by E-15, you have no legal recourse.

Lenny Holcomb, a good friend of mine with ABATE of Maryland, obtained the following documents from the EPA concerning E-15.  The first is an EPA FAQ.  You will see that even the EPA says that E-15 should not be used in motorcycles.  You can read the FAQ at the following link:

http://www.epa.gov/otaq/regs/fuels/additive/e15/e15-faq.htm

The other document from the EPA concerns the EPA’s plans for preventing mis-fueling at pumps that dispense both E-15 and E-10 fuel.  You can read that at the following link:

http://www.epa.gov/otaq/regs/fuels/additive/e15/e15-mmp.htm

As an aside, a recent motorcycle trip out west took me through Nebraska.  I found myself at a pump that sold E-10, E-15 and E-85.

As I obtain more information on this issue I will pass it along.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments about any of the information that I have sent, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Matt Danielson
McGrath & Danielson
Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group
1-800-321-8968
Motorcyclelawgroup.com