Auto manufacturers have approved the use of E15 in approximately two-thirds of new vehicles. This accounts for about 80 percent of the vehicles on the road today, reports the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). According to the RFA, sales and market share data show that nearly 63 percent of model year (MY) 2015 vehicles will have E15 approval from their manufacturers. “When coupled with expected MY 2015 flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) production, it is estimated that E15 will be allowed in close to 70 percent of MY 2015 vehicles,” the RFA reported.
The RFA analysis includes the following points:
· After approving the use of E15 in some of its 2014 Honda and Acura models, Honda Motor Company has extended E15 warranty coverage to all models in 2015.
· All Toyota models in 2015 include E15 approval, up from just a fraction of Toyota models in 2014.
· For the fourth consecutive year, General Motors has approved the use of E15 in all models.
· E15 is approved in all Ford models for the third consecutive year.
· The Chrysler Group failed for the fourth consecutive year to approve the use of E15 in owners’ manuals for its models. A significant share of Chrysler output is expected to be FFV-capable, however.