Fuel Issues and Ethanol

The gasoline additive ethanol is known to cause problems in marine engines. Trade Only follows developments on this issue and others related to fueling recreational boats.

New York bill proposes ethanol-free fuel

A bill that would allow marinas in New York to sell E0 gasoline, or fuel with no ethanol blended in, was heard this week by the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee. 

EPA increases ethanol levels in fuel standard

The Environmental Protection Agency finalized renewable fuel standards through 2016, angering the ethanol industry but still increasing ethanol requirements and effectively breaking the so-called blend wall.

Many boaters want ethanol-free gas in their boats, but not all of them can find it, a recent BoatUS survey shows.

BoatUS survey shows boaters seek out non-ethanol fuel

As boaters head into the Labor Day weekend and fill their boat’s gas tank before wrapping up the season, a majority say they want ethanol-free gas, but only about half of those in a BoatUS survey say it is available at marinas and gas stations they visit.

A push for higher blends of ethanol in gasoline, E15 in particular, prompted the industry to search for an alternative.

A far superior alternative to ethanol

A five-year project that tested more than 15 marine engines of various technologies — in the lab and on the water — shows that biobutanol can be a viable alternative to ethanol-blended gasoline, the marine industry says.

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