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:
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:
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.
McGrath & Danielson
Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group