Earlier this year, under the direction of the White House, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to amend existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) and greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks and establish new standards, covering model years 2021 through 2026.
The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles proposed rule provided an opportunity to stress the importance of ethanol as a high-octane fuel source that can increase vehicle efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in optimized engines.
The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) emphasized how the use of high-octane, ethanol-blended fuels benefits fuel economy and emissions reductions in a letter to the EPA and NHTSA on October 26.
The letter was sent to administrators of both agencies in addition to detailed comments as part of the rulemaking process for the SAFE Vehicles Rule.
In the letter, MCGA President Brian Thalmann urged regulators to consider fuels and vehicles as a system of high-octane fuel used with optimized engines to help reach standards that would be set by the rule. When paired with optimized engines, high-octane ethanol-blended fuels are an efficient route to reach the environmental goals set by the SAFE Vehicles Rule.
“Ethanol is an affordable, readily available, low-carbon and cleaner-burning source of octane,” Thalmann said. “Octane is an essential tool for automakers to meet future emissions and efficiency standards while also providing a cost-effective and safe option for consumers.”
You can read the full letter here.
Along with the letter, MCGA also included comments that were submitted by the National Corn Growers Association. NCGA’s comments focused on the benefits of raising octane requirements as part of the rule to meet greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards.
You can read NCGA’s comments here.