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  1. Billyk

    Ford E85 Usage

    I'm assuming this issue relates to the vehicle "reading" the values from the oxygen sensor and trying to make appropriate adjustments with the long term fuel values and fuel maps. The auto manufactor might be afraid that the vehicle will not run as "normal/expected" while it is making the needed adjustments. Thus the owners will complain. Will have to let others on this forum with a better mechanic background chip in further.
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    2013 Chevy Volt will NOT be a FFV

    [ Just wondering/wary about fuel going bad for sitting so long.. Sorry I don't know all the details about the Volt's electric hybrid system but I need to ask: "During colder weather, will the vehicle force the ICE to fire up earlier (prior to reaching the end of electric range) due to extra load being placed on the vehicle via the heater/lights/wipers/radio? Heavy use of the air conditioning unit and other stuff might do the same in the summer months. We know this type of operation will shorten the electric range of the vehicle but...thermal control of the battery under these conditions might just force an earlier than expected start up of the ICE even if it is only for a short time frame.
  3. Billyk

    2013 Chevy Volt will NOT be a FFV

    I think the reason for the non-FFV status comes down to EPA regulation, quite honestly. It's the same as anything else; they would have to put a fuel composition sensor in it if they change the calibration enough to need to re-certify. That costs money so they don't want to do it. +1
  4. Just a quick note on what E85 fillups can produce in regards to mpg. The first photo is from what the Ford Dash displays: There has been a thought that Ford's software in this vehicle does not accurately read ethanol values at E85 and tends to read slightly low. Thiis is what the scanguage displays: http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff26/Billyk24/FEHmpgonE85scanguage.jpg[/img] Both values are above 30mpg. If one goes the BTU "talk" of what 33% less energy with E85, then this mileage would be like (for a 4wd FEH) 41 on straight gasoline. It is extremely unlikely that this would occur when my 26 mile route included 3.5 miles of 55mph 4 lane divided highway-12 miles of 2 lane state highway with speed limits of 45-50 mph, 1.5 miles of city driving and 8 miles of residental street driving with 25-30 mph limits. FYI I have a problem with one of my tires leaking air and it needs to be fixed this week. My current tires (winter useage) Goodyear Fronza Triple Tread are not low rolling resistance. I am going to put 4 new low rolling resistance tires on my vehicle in the next week. It was 85F during this drive today.
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    E-85 Conversion/Option for hybrid

    The 2013 Escape does not have a hybrid version. It does have two EcoBoost (1.6L and 2.0L) versions that might love E85. The Fusion and the new C-Max vehicle carries on the hybrid technology and will offer a plug in version.
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    E-85 Conversion/Option for hybrid

    The Renewable Fuel Association out of Washington DC got their hands on a 2008 E-85 Ford Escape Hybrid and reported on a 31 mpg average driving around New York State a few years ago. Ford Motor company lent out about "20" of these vehicles for a two year "trial" period in which they received feedback and information. The experiemental E85 Ford Escape Hybrids: 2009-current that used PHEV (plug-in capabilities and lithium ion batteries) There was at least 22 of these driven by various electrical/power companies providing feedback. The 2008 E85 FEH that used the normal design platform but was made E-85 capable. A number of ethanol plants got one for a two year trial. The first generation 2005-07 FEH E85 vehicles. Mostly found in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa. Issues? Vehicles needed a more aggressive emission setup to cope with the frequent start up and stop ICE operation found with hybrid vehicles.
  7. Those in the Mid-East (world) region that depend upon oil revenues for almost all of their budget will not sit and let oil keep dropping. The mere "mention" of hostilities in the Gulf Waters by one of these countries could very well send "oil" prices skyrocketing upward. Recent history has shown this to be true.
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    E-85 Conversion/Option for hybrid

    TD pretty much summed up the Ford Escape Hybrid Experience but the 2010 and newer versions have a slightly higher energy concentration per battery cell. The software may be slightly different than his 2009 especially when one realizes the 2010 and newer run the air conditioning off the hybrid battery pack. If I am not mistaken, the Prius has a hybrid battery state of charge range from 40-80% where as the Escape has 40-60%. The Prius and Escape have similiar design foundations. Since I recently added an E85 conversion kit to my 05 Escape, the ICE and radiator run cooler than on E10 or other low intermediate E-blends. Since there is a certain temperature the ICE and radiator need to exceed for the vehicle to get into electric mode, then can we conclude it doesn't get into electric mode as fast as it would in E10? I really don't care either way, just that I am using less oil and burning less carbon than before. Now, can someone come up with a "USB type plug" that will advance your timing a few degrees when running E85?
  9. I think this needs further study as this is a small sample The EPA based their decision upon 6 million miles of testing! The study referred to used 500 miles times the number of vehicles and then claimed the EPA rushed the decision to the market! ;D
  10. This link: http://www.crcao.com/reports/recentstudies2012/CM-136-09-1B%20Engine%20Durability/CRC%20CM-136-09-1B%20Final%20Report.pdf has caused a "stir" in the press and in various forums about E15 usage and engine damage. However, one of the engines that failed, did so on straight gasoline! Of course this was not reported in the press or mentioned in the various on-line forums. Then again, the title would make you think the failed engines "blew-up" but they still worked but out of specifications. I'm not in favor of E15 blends unless it is part of a blender pump. The link can serve as a reference for "information".
  11. What a joke! Terrible logic and journalism. This link: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/16/ethanol-concerns-bring-customers-to-more-costly-pure-gas-stations/ She started using "pure gas" five weeks ago, after paying $12,000 for repairs on her 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. "I had to change two radiators and two transmissions," said Cannon, who blames the damage on ethanol. Ethanol attracts water, and that can result in corrosion in the system," said Rayola Dougher from the American Petroleum Institute. The study, sponsored by the oil industry group and automakers, tested eight engines found in millions of cars currently on U.S. roads. The study found two of the eight malfunctioned and suffered significant damage while fueled by E-15.
  12. Billyk

    GM NON FFV's have FFV Fuel Map

    Now, how can the rest of us with "other vehicles" read the fuel maps and make some changes? Or is the question, where can you find an E85 mechanic to do such work?
  13. Billyk

    2012 Ford Focus will be E85

    Your mileage will improve as you break in the vehicle. It may take 5,000 miles or so to fully do as I experienced with my then new Escape Hybrid. Pump your tire psi up higher than "stated" levels on the door to immediately obtain an improvement. I'm getting over 30mpg with my 05 Escape Hybrid when conditions allow--longer drive than 10 miles, temperature above 45/50F and I can drive between 30-50mph. I have not had a chance to drive on the interstate for any long length at 60mph.
  14. E5--E15--E30--E50--E85. Note the increasing spreads.
  15. Billyk

    2013 model year brings changes

    The heck with the auto companies. Just purchase an E-85 add on kit and your ready to roar.
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