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AddEPA: 2014 renewable fuel standards 'significantly delayed'

Biofuel Producers Get Happy, FrustratedBiofuel Producers Get Happy, Frustrated

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not going to decide just yet how much biofuel to add to the national fuel supply in the future. Last year, the EPA said, for the first time ever, that it might reduce the biofuel component in American gas, but is now saying that the 2014 standards rule will be "significantly delayed."

AddCongress could lower alt-fuel requirements in new Open Fuel Standard Act

Congress is considering a revised version of the Open Fuel Standard Act, an Act that was originally introduced two years ago but failed to pass. Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced a bipartisan bill that would require more and more new vehicles to be able to run on at least some non-petroleum fuels. The requirements would be for 30 percent of new vehicles to be alt-fuel ready in 2016, 50 percent in 2017 and 50 percent in each subsequent year.

AddSAE Congress: Modified Chrysler Tigershark 2.0 engine previews E85-capable 2014 Dart

On the floor at the SAE World Congress at Cobo Hall this week sits a 2.0-liter Tigershark engine. Parts have been cut away and there are pretty colored lights inside, but the cool part – if you're interested in biofuels, anyway – is how the engine has been modified to turn the Dodge Dart into an E85-capable machine.

AddPropel Fuels adding hundreds of biofuel stations soon

Propel Fuels is acquiring $21 million in funding to add more than 200 fuel stations in new and existing markets over the next two years, offering more drivers E85 ethanol and biodiesel blends. The company currently sells fuel out of 31 existing retail stations in California and Washington, sharing gas pumps with gasoline and diesel.

AddHyundai HB20 a Brazil-exclusive flex-fuel car, coming in October

The Brazilian Hyundai subsidiary has launched a Brazil-only flex-fuel model called the HB20. It will be manufactured at its new plant in Piracicaba, Brazil, which starts production September 20 ahead of an early October sales launch.

AddFerrari FF converted to run on bio-ethanol packs 875 hp

There are drawbacks to every kind of alternative to burning fossil fuels in our cars. Electric cars don't have enough range. Hybrids are burdened with what essentially boils down to two parallel powertrains. Hydrogen is limited to where it is available. Bio-ethanol has its own drawbacks, but don't tell that to the performance enthusiast. That's because E85 – similar to what IndyCars run on but mixed with 15 percent pump gasoline – is not only a renewable and cleaner source of energy,

AddFerrari FF converted to run on bio-ethanol packs 875 hp

There are drawbacks to every kind of alternative to burning fossil fuels in our cars. Electric cars don't have enough range.Hybrids are burdened with what essentially boils down to two parallel powertrains. Hydrogen is limited to where it is available. Bio-ethanol has its own drawbacks, but don't tell that to the performance enthusiast. That's because E85 – similar to what IndyCars run on but mixed with 15% pump gasoline – is not only a renewable and cleaner source of energy, it also

AddHouse members introduce technology-neutral Open Fuel Standard Act

"This technology-neutral Open Fuel Standard is a key step to break the cycle of pain at the pump," says Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD). Bartlett, along with a bipartisan group of House members led by Congressmen John Shimkus (R-IL), and including Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Steve Israel (D-NY), recently introduced the Open Fuel Standard (OFS) Act (HR 1687), which is intended to generate competition at the pump.

AddGovernment to offer gas stations incentives for installing E85 pumps

Last Friday, the Obama administration announced that it will offer incentives to gasoline stations that install E85 (a fuel consisting of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline) pumps as part of the government's effort to boost the use of biofuels. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said that the administration has set a target of having 10,000 additional E85 pumps nationwide over the next five years. In a statement issued on Friday, Vilsack wrote:

AddReport: Automaker group voices concerns over federal ethanol legislation

Lawmakers and car manufacturers often find themselves on opposite ends of debates, and a proposed mandate to make most vehicles E85 capable only proves that point. The Detroit News reports that Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has sponsored a bill that would force automakers to make 90 percent of their vehicles E85 capable by 2016, but automakers aren't taking this proposed legislation lying down.

AddReport: Automaker group voices concerns over federal ethanol legislation

Lawmakers and car manufacturers often find themselves on opposite ends of debates, and a proposed mandate to make most vehicles E85 capable only proves that point. The Detroit News reports that Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has sponsored a bill that would force automakers to make 90 percent of their E85 capable by 2016, but automakers aren't taking this proposed legislation lying down.

AddEthanol industry claims the biofuel directly supports 70,000 jobs

You've probably noticed that a growing numbers of vehicles are labeled with a Flex Fuel badge, indicating that the car or truck is capable of burning E85 – a blend of 85-percent ethanol and 15-percent gasoline. Even without that badge, today's vehicles have no problem running on E10 – a blend of 10-percent ethanol and 90-percent gasoline. Some even argue that E15 does no damage to most vehicles.

AddGM says Gulf oil spill "strengthens focus on alternative fuels"

In a post on GM's FastLane Blog, technical fellow Candace Wheeler sums up The General's thoughts in these post-Gulf oil spill times this way:

AddWill flex-fuel vehicles survive when CAFE credits dissappear in 2016?

It could be argued that flex-fuel vehicles are simply a product of government subsidies and the automotive industry's self-conjured up image of environmental saviors. What does this mean? Well, vehicles capable of running E85 receive CAFE credits that help automakers offset some of their less fuel-efficient offerings. This allows manufacturers to continue producing gas-guzzling vehicles while also keeping the government at bay. In addition, production of flex-fuel-capable vehicles is a relativel

AddFord on track to reach goal of doubling flex-fuel vehicle production

Turn back the clock to 2006, when Ford Motor Company announced it was taking flex-fuel vehicles seriously. That year, the company built 185,000 autos that could run on gasoline, ethanol or any combination of the two up to E85 (85 percent ethanol). Ford also pledged that the company's production of flex-fuel vehicles would double by 2010.

AddAll 2011 Buick Regals to be flex-fuel capable starting this fall

2011 Buick Regal Turbo – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddAll 2011 Buick Regals to be flex-fuel capable from this fall

2011 Buick Regal Turbo – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddAll Bentley Continental models going flex-fuel in June

2010 Bentley Continental Supersports – Click above for high-res image gallery

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