OPEI Issues Statement on Expansion of E15 Sales to Year-Round announcement by President Trump

Bio Ethanol Fuel

On 9 October 2018, President Donald Trump moved to make it easier to sell more ethanol in vehicle fuel, delivering a victory to corn farmers and biofuel producers in the USA that could translate to long-term market gains. Trump said he had signed a memo telling the Environmental Protection Agency to lift summertime fuelling restrictions on E15 gasoline containing as much as 15 percent ethanol.

We’re reporting on this issue as it will have implications for dealerships across the UK.

OPEI Issues Statement on Expansion of E15 Sales to Year-Round Announcement by President Trump

Consumers advised to ‘Look Before You Pump’ this fall

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing more than 100 small engine, utility vehicle, and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, issues the following statement in response to today’s announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump expanding the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) to year-round.

“We continue to advise consumers and professional users of outdoor power equipment to ‘Look Before You Pump’ as E15 gasoline sales expand to year-round across the country,” said Kris Kiser, OPEI President and CEO.

“With E15 sales expanding to year-round, it’s more important than ever for consumers to educate themselves about fuel choices today and to pay attention to what fuels you put in your lawn mower, generator, chainsaw, trimmer, UTV or other small engine product.”

Outdoor power equipment is not designed, built or warranted to run on fuel containing 15 percent ethanol. “It can damage or destroy equipment,” said Kiser. Consumers are advised to read their owners manuals for guidance on correctly fuelling their outdoor power equipment products, but “should be generally aware that only fuels containing 10 percent or less ethanol should be used,” he said.

“As the fuels marketplace has changed, you can no longer count on being able to put the same fuel in your mower that you also use in your car or truck,” he said.

Along with boat, snowmobile, motorcycle, automobile and other manufacturers, OPEI has long advised and educated consumers about the changing fuels marketplace, with mid-level ethanol blends being introduced for a subset of the automobile fleet. Mid-level ethanol fuels are not for use in non-road products, such as mowers, chainsaws, generators, UTVs, ATVs, boats, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and other outdoor power equipment.

“It is unfortunate our government is not willing to invest in stronger education for consumers about fuelling choices. The small warning stickers placed on fuel pumps are not enough to prevent mis-fuelling and do little to educate consumers. Consumers need to be vigilant year round when it comes to fuelling their outdoor power equipment and remember that E10 or less is always best,” said Kiser.

For more information, visit www.lookbeforeyoupump.com.

The majority of unleaded 95 Octane petrol sold in the UK contains up to 5% ethanol as required under the Government’s Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO). There is currently no requirement for renewable fuel (such as ethanol) to be present in super unleaded (97 grade petrol)