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The demand for more ethanol in gasoline is getting a lot of support from some lawmakers in Washington D.C., along with the Environmental Protection Agency. The demand for more ethanol in gasoline is getting a lot of support from some lawmakers in Washington D.C., along with the Environmental Protection Agency.
The move could be good for farmers, but not everyone is agreeable for more of a higher ethanol blended fuel being used in more vehicles. The move could be good for farmers, but not everyone is agreeable for more of a higher ethanol blended fuel being used in more vehicles.
And some car dealers warn there could be problems in some cars not equipped to burn the E-85 fuel. And some car dealers warn there could be problems in some cars not equipped to burn the E-85 fuel.
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

The demand for more ethanol in gasoline is getting a lot of support from some lawmakers in Washington D.C., along with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The move could be good for farmers, but not everyone is agreeable for more of a higher ethanol blended fuel being used in more vehicles.

And some car dealers warn there could be problems in some cars not equipped to burn the E-85 fuel.

"They have to have specific engineering designed for the fuel systems, or they won't be able to burn that kind of fuel," said Kern Weshinskey sales manager at Vogler Ford in Carbondale.

"The alcohol is a higher alcohol content. So therefore it has a tendency to dry out some of the rubberized parts. So there are some changes they've made in the system to handle that higher alcohol content."

The E-85 fuel is supposed to be a better fuel for our environment.

But, the cleaner fuel isn't adding up to savings for consumers.

"There's not a lot of consumers really coming in asking about it. It's kind of a catch twenty two," said Weshinskey. "The fuel is thirty to forty cents less a gallon. But you get a third less fuel economy. So it just washes out in cost savings for the consumer, quite honestly that's all consumers care about."

The new E-15 fuel would be a five percent increase in the 10% ethanol blended into fuel since 2007.

The EPA is warning that E-15 fuel is not usable in lawnmower engines, boat engines and other small engines.

And it can't be used in vehicles built before 2001.

Refiners have been mandated to produce 13.8-billion gallons of the E-15 fuel this year.

Some automakers are warning their customers that using the E-15 fuel in their cars could violate warranty terms.

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