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Mahindra debuts four-door e20 electric vehicle

The e20 Plus adds two-tone interiors, regenerative braking.

The new e20 Plus variants can go about 70 miles on a full charge.

Iceland's EV advocate takes an Electric Expedition through India

Gisli Gislason Doesn't Stop When It Comes To Electric Vehicles

Gisli Gislason, a long-time EV advocate from Iceland, tours India with Mahindra Reva in a trio of e2o electric vehicles. It sounds like fun.

Higher ethanol blends create health, safety risks, says Big Oil-funded study

In the simplest terms, when higher-ethanol blend fuels spill, they can make buildings go boom. And the study that says this was funded, in part, by Chevron and Shell as well as the American Petroleum Institute, while the report was generated by Rice University in Houston. All clear on the players? Good. Let's proceed.

Federal court denies trade groups' request to ban E15

For those keeping score in the battle between advocates and opponents of higher ethanol blends in gasoline (fuels such as E15, which is 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline), chalk one up in the "advocates" column. Earlier this week, a US federal appeals court upheld last year's decision to allow public sales of E15 and denied a request from oil and food trade groups to look at possibly reversing the decision, Reuters says.

How this summer's drought might affect your car's gasoline

In 2007, then-president George Bush signed a law that required increased production of ethanol. Swelling ethanol demand for fuel combined with this past summer's drought has driven the price of corn (used to make ethanol) up. In fact, prices have swollen some 400 percent in the last seven years. That's comforting for corn growers, who are dealing with much smaller yields than normal. But it's not comforting for livestock producers, poultry farm

Lotus F1 Team reboots with 2012 E20 [w/video]

What's in a name? That depends who you ask. For the folks at Lotus, a name matters a great deal. That's why it fought so hard to regain control of its brand from the team now known as Caterham, and why it is launching racing programs in top series around the world under that same name. For the F1 team that has most recently adopted it, however, the name i

Brazil to reduce mandatory ethanol blend in gas by 5%

With Brazil's ethanol prices soaring, the nation's government is expected to put forth a policy to reduce the mandatory ethanol blend in gasoline. Brazil's energy minister, Edison Lobao, recently met with President Dilma Rousseff. The two immediately arrived at the conclusion that unless Brazil's mandatory ethanol blend is reduced,

GM makes the case for testing E15 ethanol blend

GM has long been a proponent of using high-level ethanol blend, E85, in motor vehicles. But, with all of the talk of putting E15 or E20 (gasoline with 15 or 20 percent ethanol blended in) into the national supply - see these earlier posts about the EPA, the Sebastian Blanco

EPA's E15 proposal prompts warranty worries

A little search for recent stories on the fate of E15 (gasoline with 15 percent ethanol blended in) in the U.S. shows how the tide seems to be turning in favor of expansion of the biofuel here. The EPA is considering it, the Minnesota Ag Department says Sebastian Blanco

E20 is just fine for fuel pumps, says Minnesota Ag Department

It's clear that the Obama Administration is a strong supporter of increasing the amount of ethanol used in American vehicles. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has come out in favor of upping the standard blend in everyday "gasoline" from E10 to E15 or even E20 over the next few years (Of course, Energy Secretary Steven "Sebastian Blanco

What is cellulosic ethanol and how does it fit with green cars?

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AllSAFE worries about widespread E20 use

AllSAFE, a group representing manufacturers of outdoor power equipment, marine manufacturers, small engine manufacturers as well as motorcycle and automobile manufacturers is warning us about E20. The group released a note stating that it might not be advisable to use mid-level ethanol blends, such as E20, with non-modified engines.

GM Biofuels manager responds to Minnesota E20 study

Over on the GMnext blog, Coleman Jones has posted a response to the recent push to go from E10 to E20 at regular gas pumps in Minnesota. Jones is the Manger of Biofuels Implementation at GM Powertrain. While GM has obviously been a huge proponent of the expanded use of ethanol, they are reluctant to endorse this move toward E20. Their con

Happy New Fuel: E20 on sale in Thailand

January 1st has brought the introduction of E20 fuel in Thailand. Ford is a great promoter of this fuel in Thailand as, since 2005, all the Focuses sold in that country are flex-fuel and can be run with E20. In order to make a big celebration, Ford Thailand gave away Baht 1020 (about $34) of E20 fuel to 100 Ford Focus customers at the PTT petrol station on the

Study: non-flex fuel cars get better fuel economy on ethanol

There are many people that say you can get better mileage with ethanol and you can even use blends higher than E10 in non flex-fuel cars. While controversial and only proven in tests done by mechani

South Dakota Senator wants to scale the ethanol 'fuel wall' from E10 to E20

Sen. John Thune, the Republican who ousted Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle in 2004, says it's time for all gas pumps to offer E20 blends.

EPA looking into the safety of E20 and E30, but some customers totally dig it

Those little stickers announcing that the fuel you're about to put into your tank contains up to 10 percent ethanol are getting pretty ubiquitous, aren't they? But pumps that can dispense E20 or E30 are less common, and they may never take off because the EPA is worried that the higher ethanol content in the fuel can damage cars that are not equipped to deal with the biofuel. Since these "blender pumps" operate the same way as standard gasoline pumps and customers might inadvertently put them in