Volvo Penta of the Americas is offering a fuel additive to protect marine engines from the harmful effects of fuels containing ethanol.
Volvo Penta Ethanol Fuel Treatment is suitable for all outboard or sterndrive systems, the company said, and it is recommending that boaters use the additive every time they fill up with ethanol-blended gas.
“Ethanol-blended fuels such as E10 and E15 are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the automotive market, but ethanol damages marine engines and fuel systems due to the corrosive properties of alcohol,” parts and accessory operations director David Kennedy said in a statement. “Unlike automobiles, most marine engines are only operated intermittently. Today’s oxygenated and ethanol-blended fuels can begin to oxidize in as little as 30 days if left untreated in the boat’s tank, resulting in corrosion inside the engine and fuel system.”
Volvo Penta said the additive contains antioxidants to combat fuel breakdown and has chemical corrosion inhibitors that form a protective barrier on fuel system components. It has been engineered, tested and approved by Volvo Penta to prevent fuel degradation and keep marine engines running smoother and more efficient. It also helps enable easier starting, maximum power output and optimal fuel economy, the company said.
“Importantly, our Ethanol Fuel Treatment is totally alcohol-free and helps ensure longer life and better performance for marine engines,” Kennedy said.