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Posted in Biodiesel, blog, Climate Change, Emissions, Ethanol, Flex Fuel E85, Green House Gases (GHG), Nox, Particulates, Personal Carbon Credits, Propel Biofuels, Propel Customers
Tagged alternative fuel, Biodiesel, biodiesel driver, biofuel, carbon emissions, CleanDrive, diesel, domestic fuel, E85, E85 driver, earth day 2014, ethanol, propel, Propel Fuels, renewable fuel
The only egg I want to find in my Easter basket is a Koenigsegg supercar—specifically, the CCXR or the new One:1. Not to be picky, but both of these ultra-performance vehicles run on E85 or E100. And what’s a sports car without a high-octane fuel?
Koenigsegg, the Swedish manufacturer of these high-performance sports cars, proudly touts its development of “green technology.” The CCXR was the first Hypercar in the world designed and calibrated to run on high ethanol blends (E85 or E100), as well as regular petroleum gasoline.
The One:1 is following in the CCXR green tracks by also running on E85.
If you’re wondering about the name, here is what Koenigsegg has to say:
The hp to kg curb weight ratio is an astonishing 1:1. This is the “dream” equation previously thought impossible. On top of this the One:1 is the first homologated production car in the world with one Megawatt of power, thereby making it the world´s first series produced Megacar.
I might not fully appreciate the engineering ramifications of this ratio, but I am throughly impressed regardless. Learn more about the CCXR and the One:1 at the Koenigsegg website.
Looking for a more sensible vehicle that can still run the same high-performance, high-octane fuel as these supercars? Check out our list of E85 vehicles.
Posted in Emissions, Ethanol, Ethanol Racing, Flex Fuel, Flex Fuel E85, Green Business, Technology, Vehicles
Tagged alternative fuel, CCXR, domestic fuel, E85, E85 driver, ethanol, FFV, Flex Fuel, koenigsegg, megacar, one:1, race fuel, renewable fuel, supercar
Most of California’s sugar mills have closed up shop in recent years, leaving sugar beet farmers without a market for their crop. But now ethanol derived from sugar beets is providing a new opportunity for these farmers and their communities.
Farmers in the small community of Mendota, California are leading an effort to bring back the once widely-grown sugar beet crop. In 2008, Spreckels sugar plant was shuttered, leaving many residents without a job and farmers without a purchaser for their beets. In a stroke of ingenuity, the seed company suggested the community grow beets for ethanol. Thus, the Mendota Bioenergy company was formed!
According to a recent report from California public radio, “Mendota Bioenergy has a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission – and the partnership of university experts from UC Davis and Fresno State – to complete the test site. It should be up and running this winter and, if all goes as planned, the company will then build the nation’s first commercial sugar beet biorefinery in Mendota by 2017.”
Mendota Bioenergy will not only produce a domestic alternative to petroleum gasoline, but the ethanol plant itself will also have a sustainable focus with measures in place to let nothing go to waste. Plus, beets grow well on marginal lands and require very little fresh water. Overall, ethanol produced from California-grown sugar beets and processed in the Mendota refinery will have a much lower carbon footprint than petroleum gasoline, lower even than typical corn-based ethanol. Now that sounds like a sweet deal.
Read more from The California Report.
Posted in Biodiesel, Emissions, Ethanol, Ethanol Research, Feedstocks, Flex Fuel E85, Green Business, News Links, Next Generation Feedstock
Tagged alternative fuel, biofuel feedstock, domestic fuel, E85, E85 driver, ethanol, ethanol from beets, Flex Fuel, Green Business, low-carbon fuel, renewable fuel, sugar beet ethanol, sugar beets
We know racers love E85–the fuel increases performance and helps vehicles go, well, fast. Just how fast you ask? According to The Scoop Blog, the fellows over at No Regret Performance, optimized a 2006 Suzuki GSX-R750 motorcycle to run E85 and managed to reach over 209.98 miles per hour in a standing mile. Talk about zoom.
No Regret Performance- 200mph club members
The racers of No Regret Performance, Jean-Pierre Trzebiatowski and Thomas Cronan, made several modifications to the motorcycle in order to run the high-blend ethanol fuel, including upgrading the fuel system, replacing injectors, and reprograming the bike’s computer. For the full scoop on the team’s technical modifications, check out Holly Jessen’s post.
Not mechanically savvy? Me neither. Luckily, there are plenty of cars right off the assembly line ready to run high-performance E85. Check out our list of Flex Fuel E85 compatible vehicles: www.propelfuels.com/vehicles.
Posted in Ethanol, Ethanol Racing, Flex Fuel, Flex Fuel E85, Vehicles
Tagged 2006 suzuki gsx r750, alternative fuel, cars, domestic fuel, E85, E85 driver, e85 motorcycle, ethanol, Flex Fuel, low-carbon fuel, suzuki gsx r750, thomas cronan
It’s good to have a Flex Fuel vehicle on top. Consumer Reports is calling the E85-friendy 2014 Chevrolet Impala the “best new sedan the magazine has tested in its category.” It’s the first time an American sedan has held that standing in at least 20 years. The Impala scored a 95 out of a possible 100. Only 2 other vehicles scored better in the overall report: the BMW 135I coupe and the no-gas-at-all Tesla Model S. The totally redesigned Impala’s 300 hp, 3.6L V6 engine includes E85 Flex Fuel capability as standard for the 2LT and 2LZ trim levels. Read the full report at http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2013/09/chevrolet-impala-review/index.htm. To see a list of all available Flex Fuel models, visit www.propelfuels.com/driveE85.
Posted in Ethanol, Flex Fuel, Flex Fuel E85, Vehicles
Tagged alternative fuel, biofuel, Chevrolet FFV, chevy flex fuel, chevy impala E85, consumer reports, domestic fuel, E85, E85 driver, ethanol, Flex Fuel, low-carbon fuel
Ethanol blends are the top fuel choice for vehicles in the 2013 American Le Mans race series. The added performance benefits and eco-friendly quality of ethanol make ethanol fuel blends the preferred choice for the performance-demanding Le Mans racers.
As part of meeting the Green Racing protocols and the International Motor Sports Association, American Le Mans cars must choose from four sanctioned fuels, including clean diesel, E10, E85 and isobutanol. At the start of the season, vehicles racing in the series choose to use either E85 (85% ethanol) or E10 (10% ethanol) for the duration of the races.
It’s not hard to see why ethanol is a popular choice with the fuel’s wicked 100 octane rating. According to a special piece in the Chicago Tribune covering alternative vehicle news, ethanol’s higher octane rating “helps prevent pre-firing of an engine’s pistons and allows the race car to get more bang for the buck.” Plus, “heat takes its toll on engines, especially in [ALMS] cars. Ethanol is said to contain less heat energy than gasoline per volume, releasing less as it is burned.”
Racers might prefer ethanol for the performance benefits, but the fuel’s green factor is what truly makes it stand out. In high-blends like E85, ethanol fuel emits 20% fewer carbon emissions than conventional petroleum gasoline. And the best part? E85 is not reserved for Le Mans vehicles only. Many consumer vehicles can run E85 and get the same performance benefits. Find out if your car can drive E85.
Thanks to alms.com for photos from raceday in Monterey.
Posted in Ethanol, Ethanol Racing, Flex Fuel E85, Vehicles
Tagged alternative fuel, American Le Mans, domestic fuel, E10, E85, E85 driver, ethanol, Flex Fuel, low-carbon fuel, race fuel, racing with ethanol
Don’t need a Chevy Tahoe or a Ford F350? You are not alone. And while diesel passenger car registrations are on the rise – the choices for smaller cars compatible with biodiesel and Flex Fuel are not great. The good news is they are getting better. Here are a couple new options that do not require an addition to your garage.
The Dodge Dart FFV is a welcomed newcomer to renewable fuels with an entry price of $16,000. Chrysler hasn’t officially said when the Dart will become flex-fuel capable, but the 2.0-liter Tigershark engine is designed as an FFV. Chrysler and IAV representatives at the SAE World Congress at Cobo Hall reported the engine will be going into the 2014 Dart, which is due later this year.
Starting MSRP for the B20-ready diesel Chevy Cruze is reported to be $25,695, and GM plans to sell them in markets where its B20-approved Chevrolet Silverado diesel models have done well, including the West Coast. The 2014 Cruze is expected to move into production this summer (2013), and gets better mileage than most hybrids.
More than 33 light- and medium-duty diesel passenger cars and trucks, as well as heavy-duty diesel models from nearly 20 different brands, will be available in the market this year. In addition to its Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks, Ford is introducing a new diesel model in its Ford Transit full size van which will also be approved for use with B20 biodiesel. Additionally, Chrysler’s new 2013 Ram Heavy Duty pickup features 6.7-liter Cummins High-Output Turbo Diesel powertrain. The 2013 Ram Heavy Duty diesel pickups are approved for general use with B20 by all customers beginning in January 2013.
Posted in Biodiesel, Flex Fuel, Vehicles
Tagged alternative fuel, biodiesel driver, biofuel, Chevy Cruze, chevy diesel, diese cruze, diesel, dodge dart, domestic fuel, E85, E85 driver, ethanol, FFV, Flex Fuel, flex fuel dodge, low-carbon fuel