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Allch Chcar

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  1. Rusty that is very sensible, even made me chuckle, but somehow I doubt that is the case.  ;D

     

    Well big corporations have a certain way of doing things.  They probably did a study on the typical buyer of a Buick Verano, and found that they were more anti-ethanol than your typical car buyer.  So not wanting to turn them away, they removed the badges.  Why is it still on the Silverado?  Who buys Silverado's?  Is it farmers?  Well, I think you get my point.  Impala?  I don't know, but it's probably there for a reason.


  2. #3 is hogwash, they are still adding FFVs they are just reducing the highly visible badging. So long as it still says E85 compatible it'll be fine. I don't want to say take your tinfoil hats off, but please take your tinfoil hat off. 8)

     

    If you want a "conspiracy" look at the dependence on a single crop for a fuel that can be made from anything with sugar in it but is made from the more difficult starch.

     

    Or look at the CAFE/gov't regs to see why most of the FFVs are domestic brand "fleet vehicles" or trucks and not the more popular import cars like Camrys, Accords, and Civics?

     

    The one thing I noticed about the Focus is 45% of new sales are to fleets. >:( I think this is not a coincidence.


  3. MIT conference ..Toyota wants nothing to do with E85

     

     

    "But Stricker believes that to make a very robust vehicle it would cost much more. Showing a page from another automaker’s owner’s manual, it said that the vehicle may not run very well using the fuel mix in cold temperatures and if that’s the case to fill up with gasoline.

     

    “This is what you get when you pay $100 per vehicle for the system,” Stricker said. “From Toyota’s perspective, we don’t want to put products out there that we don’t think are robust and can operate problem-free under any conditions.”

     

    It's only $50 for a block heater, plug it in 30 minutes before you start the engine in cold weather and up to an hour in below-freezing weather and it'll be fine everytime. Block heaters are small enough to use an extension cord as they're typically only a couple hundred watts, so finding a plug should never be a problem.


  4. Just funny......

    Tried E50 in a Subaru. It hesitated during acceleration, and after burning up this tankfull and refilling with E10, there was a strong gas smell from the engine, and I found several spots where hose connections had started leaking. Ethanol swells rubber, so when it's gone the rubber shrinks back, causing a leak. It was spraying over the ignition wires, too, but the wires were good so I didn't burn to death.

     

    I don't find this one bit funny... I know they are burning the witch so to speak but o-rings fail and then they do, they can leak fuel.

     

    There are guys running E85 in their WRXs(which are all '02+) just fine so I take it that it was older 90's model Subaru?


  5. Edit: When I say E100, I mean just that, not denatured E98.  There needs to be changes in the alcohol production and denaturing laws to allow this.  The E100 needs to be a pure product with nothing else added to it.

     

    Can't do that. That would make E100 subject to the "Sin tax" on Alcohol. It needs to be rendered undrinkable, even after diluting.

     

    E98 is an acceptable number IMHO but it's a near-future sort of thing.


  6. You didn't happen to reset the MPG meter by any chance, did you?

     

    By my math you had a somewhere between E50 and E60 when you added the 9 gallons of E75. Focus have 12.4 Gallon tanks and there is at least a gallon just in the fuel lines and filler neck. That is assuming the 9 gallons topped it off. :D


  7. Dont waste a position on E10 or E0 if other pumps exist in the facility--- E20, E50, E70, E85, and for the race crowd or chemical folks- E98 (race guys will dilute to their own requirments). Problem with E98 (or E95) is that many states will not allow it lest a customer fill with it and experience cold start issue.

    While an infinite blender may be ideal and the two blend components could be the prices posted- I doubt any state weights and measures dept, consumer protection agency, etc would allow such vagueness in price. They always assume the customer to be of very low ability/awareness and as such have always had requirements for posting each final product.

     

    Depends on the facility. If there are other pumps for E0/E10, then I'd say E15, E25, E50, E75, and E85.

     

    E95 doesn't exist in the US, so just imagine I said E85.;D


  8. The story I heard was that the CEO of GM who promised 50% FFVs was sacked with the old GM. Now they only offer 10% of their cars as FFVs.

     

    Since Ethanol is just generally unpopular Ford and Chevy haven't been tooting the E85 horn at all. The Focus was rumored to be a FFV and then it was, without much fanfare or advertising on their part to this feature. I searched and found it mentioned exactly once in an official press release. GM advertised the greater fuel mileage on E85 than older FFVs, so what happened between then and now? It became unpopular.


  9. Sweet deal Cessna. ;D If you could please share pics of what Ford used for FFV badging and for the fuel filler(since it doesn't have a fuel cap). I have yet to see pics for a FFV Focus badging yet, although I imagine it's probably not too different than the Fusion badging. I'm very curious. ;)

     

    12:1 compression ratio! Direct Injection 2.0!

     

    NICE that ought to make the ethanol mileage increase!

     

    My '10 Fusion has the capless tank... it is odd, but it is also nice once you get used to it.

     

    I could really see them putting this engine in the Fusion as well as many of their medium sized vehicles (edge, flex...) which are everywhere on the road.  This could put Ford in the lead for FFV production!

     

    Not likely for the Fusion since it's much bigger and about 500lbs heavier. There is a rumor about the Fusion getting an Ecoboost engine which might be a 2.0L version. :-\


  10. Husker, are you sure you don't mean HYDROGEN refilling stations? CNG stations were comparable to Blender pumps from my understanding. ::)

     

    If stations could offer the standard Gasoline, Diesel with alternatives like CNG, Electric "fast chargers", and Blenderpumps they would cover all the bases but I'd hate to imagine the huge cost to add all three. At this point I see stations adopting whatever they believe is the most competitive/popular third option in their area. Which in the Midwest means Ethanol Blenders, in the North East likely Electric fast chargers, and probably CNG in the West(California).

     

    The partial option is separate E85 pumps like we have now and public access 220 volt metered plugs for electric cars. CNG is entirely for fleet use anyway.


  11. It's about time! ;D  When the Thorntons station on Green Street was rebuilt I was watching to see if they'd put in an E85 pump but they didn't. Thorntons was just starting the E85 pump program they have now. That must have been 4-5 years ago now! ??? At least now they put one close to the cloverleaf, and on the strip no less!

     

    It is a good spot for an E85 pump, since you can't miss it on the way to Indiana. They have a huge American flag at the station. Do they still have the giant American flag? I used this station and the one on the south bound side almost exclusively while they rebuilt the one on Green street. When I was passing through town a year or two ago I stopped there for fuel.

     

    How was the spread?


  12. Sweet. I was debating it since a SE with disk brakes isn't too expensive, I'd have to get the manual though. I was looking at a titanium with the handling package but it's still $20k after rebates. I got a quote, by accident  :D, for a SE that was very favorable, $15k. Just can't do it right now, I have to wait to see how the Toyobaru twins pan out anyway.

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