Automakers say "enough!" on US flex-fuel cars

June 16, 2011 |

In Michigan, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers say that they oppose the Open Fuel Standard Act of 2011, which would require that 95 percent of US light duty vehicles be flex-fuel enabled, by 2017.

The manufactures note that the 8 million flex-fuel cars available in the US average less than 20 gallons of higher-blend ethanol per year.

Supporters of the bill say that more flex-fuel cars will lead to more blender pump availability, and more E85 usage – saying that the lack of a market puts off potential E85 dealers and, in turn, makes it impossible for the 3 percent of the US fleet that has flex-fuel cars to find E85 or higher biofuel blends than E10.

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