September 18, 2023
BY Mackenzie Boubin
Geoff Cooper, president and CEO of the RFA, discusses how U.S. EPA regulations have caused the number of flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs) capable of running E85 to plummet in recent years, from 2.8 million in 2014 to less than 350,000 in 2022.
The European Commission on Sept. 14 announced it will implement retroactive surveillance measures on imports of ethanol from several countries, including the U.S. The surveillance measures are to remain in effect for three years.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold an in-person meeting on Sept. 21 in Washington, D.C.
A new E85 conversion kit could complement the rise of EVs by giving drivers plug-in electric hybrid vehicles capable of running on high blends of ethanol. Whether Tuomo Isokivijärvi is meeting with venture capitalists in Palo Alto, California, Finland or anywhere else in the world, he’s usually trying to explain how his company’s E85-based conversion kit technology applies to current and future light-duty passenger vehicles. He doesn’t shy away from explaining the limitations of electric vehicles—why EVs alone won’t be able to fulfill the transportation needs of the world anytime soon, despite what many investors have been repeatedly told.
Ethanol production in Brazil is expected to increase by 7 percent this year due to an increase in sugarcane production and a continued steady increase in corn ethanol production, according to a report filed with the USDA.
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