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E15 Is Coming & AAA Ain't Happy; New Fuel Could Void Warranties Page 2

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E15 infographic from SmarterFuelFuture.org

But wait, it gets worse. In a press release, AAA says that BMW, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen have all announced that their warranties don't cover problems related to the use of E15. And GM, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo have said that E15 "does not comply with the fuel requirements specified in their owner’s manuals and may void warranty coverage" (emphasis ours). Ouch.

And so, AAA is taking two courses of action:

1. It's asking the federal government to delay the rollout of E15 until consumers have been better educated about the new fuel and until gas stations improve their labeling for E15.

2. It's encouraging consumers to read up on the potential dangers of E15 to make sure they understand its effect on vehicles (and their warranties).

The good news 

There's no indication whether or not the EPA or other governmental agencies will listen to complaints brought by AAA. But even if E15 moves forward, it won't arrive at your corner gas station overnight. The infrastructure requirements alone are enough to delay E15's rollout significantly, since stations will need to add special tanks and pumps for the new fuel. And technically speaking, gas stations aren't required to sell E15 at all.

Have a look at the E15 infographic above -- distributed not by AAA, but by the folks at SmarterFuelFuture.org -- and share your thoughts about the new fuel in the comments below.

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  1. Firstly, the fear mongering is overblown and damage to engines is very unlikely. This is the reason the EPA is pushing forward.

    Secondly, as the article finally gets to at the end, E15 will not show up in your normal pump.

    Unlike E10, which is now just "normal" gasoline, E15, like E85, will be in special pumps and you are not likely to use it by accident.
     
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  2. Aw, John: you make it sound like I'm long-winded or something ;)
     
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  3. Sorry, not my intent.
    Just think that the reader should have been told early in the article that E15 will not show up in their normal pump the way that E10 showed up in their normal pump.

    The article length is fine and it is a great topic.
     
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  4. E-10 is labeled everywhere.

    I try to avoid it since it sucks in MPG. But Costco gas is so much cheaper than my local Chevron gas price (with seperate nozzle for each grade), I have to get Costco gas (which is 10% blend and mixed grade nozzle).

    I am definitely getting worse MPG with those "cheap" gas.
     
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  5. I feel like the E10 pumps have been labeled as "contains up to a maximum of 10% alcohol" for many years. However, I think only recently have the pumps actually contained 10% alcohol. So the product coming out of the same pump has been slowly changing for years.

    But now with E15, there is a different approach, a separate pump for E15.

    Has anyone seen a gasoline pump that only dispenses straight gasoline (no alcohol)?
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  6. tl;dr? Say, no mention of the higher octane rating, or that the some real engineers dispute the rating. I for one would like to know whether AAA is getting out of the travel/towing business and into oil lobbying. If so, I need to cancel my subscription.
     
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  7. i have seen gas at the airport with no alcohol and i have seen the results of damage to gas powered tools ,boats and such. e10 is very costly it is not cost effective at all .less milage, less power ,and it turns rubber products into chewing gum.
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  9. if e15 is so good ,why dont they use it in airplanes.
     
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