The ever-controversial topic of ethanol-blend gasolines, in this instance E15, has again surfaced, this time in the motorcycle community. The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) issued a release today stating that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will require “all consumers to buy at least four gallons of gasoline from certain gas pumps after the new E15 […]
The Fight Against E15 Fuel
Following the release of a recent survey found that more than three-fourths of Americans fear that E15 fuel (15% ethanol by volume) may damage car engines and fuel system components, the American Motorcyclist Association has responded by supporting U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Va.) H.R. 1462, the RFS Reform Act of 2013. This new legislation would help protect the 22 million motorcycle and ATVs in the country – and the riders who depend on their safe operation – from inadvertent mis-fueling. Also, more than two-thirds of those surveyed believe that using more corn for ethanol production could force up food prices, the AMA said.
In October 2010, the EPA approved E15 for use in model year 2007 and newer light duty vehicles (cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles). In January 2011, it added model year 2001-2006 light duty vehicles to the approved list. This new legislation would help protect the 22 million motorcycle and ATVs in the country – and the riders who depend on their safe operation – from inadvertent mis-fueling.
E15 is not approved for use in any motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, boats, lawn mowers and other small engines. Since 2011, the AMA has repeatedly expressed concerns to government officials and federal lawmakers about possible damage to the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs currently in use by the inadvertent use of E15, which is now becoming available at gas stations.
The AMA is asking for your help to pass H.R. 1462. You can send a prewritten email to your representative immediately by following the “Take Action” option and entering your information. The AMA encourages riders to personalize their messages by drawing on their own personal riding experiences.