Don't Overlook Ethanol In Clean Car Future

February 13, 2018 12:59 PM

As the United States looks to craft a clean fuel future for transportation, biofuels should not be lost behind electric vehicles according to Geoff Cooper of the Renewable Fuels Association.

"To say that an electric vehicle has no impact on carbon emissions is nonsense," Cooper told AgriTalk Radio Host Chip Flory at the National Ethanol Conference in San Antonio, TX. "We know if you're using a flex-fuel vehicle that's running on low-carbon E85 you're reducing emissions every bit as much as an electric vehicle would."

Cooper said ethanol and other biofuels just want a level playing field with electric vehicles that receive tax incentives and do not pay motor fuel taxes that support road infrastructure.

The industry is working with the automotive industry to take advantage of the higher octane of ethanol-blended fuels according to Cooper.  That higher octane allows for higher engine compression which can boost fuel efficiency while lowering emissions.

Watch the entire interview with RFA's Geoff Cooper in the player above.

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Spell Check

Bob Wallace
Ettersburg, CA
2/14/2018 03:28 PM

  It's going to be pretty hard to beat the CO2 emissions of an electric car charged with clean (wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal) electricity. Don't make the mistake of thinking that down the road there will be any coal and more than a smidgen of natural gas powering our grids. The cost of wind and solar have fallen so low and continue to fall that fossil fuels are simply doomed. It's not going to be a development driven by eco-correctness but by simple economics. Cheaper wins out. There may be a role for biofuels, some niches where batteries are not practical. But for those uses to be truly low carbon then the biofuel input needs to be low carbon. No growing grain using diesel and petroleum based fertilizers.

bad axe, MI
2/14/2018 07:39 PM

  Everybody better just worry about the Saudi - China petrodollar agreement going into effect at the end of next month. It's going to cost the US 800 billion a year , how are you guys going to deal with that.