For months now, we’ve told you about the possible problems with ethanol in gasoline.
Well to the country’s largest motorist association, those problems are about to get worse.
Slowly but surely, more ethanol is finding its way into our gasoline, for a few reasons.
It burns cleaner. It cuts down on the actual gasoline needed per gallon. And maybe most importantly, corn farmers have a lot of political clout.
Ethanol is essentially alcohol, and in older engines, anything over 10% can be deadly.
That’s why the new mandate to slowly increase the amount of ethanol in gas worries many, including the American Automobile Association.
The big worry is that there are so few cars that can handle it. Any GM vehicle since 2012, any Porsche since 2001 and all 2013 Fords.
In fact, BMW, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and VW are on record saying they won’t warranty any damage from E15. Others like Mercedes, Ford, Honda, Kia, Hyundai and Volvo say it may void their warranties entirely.
Triple-A isn’t saying ethanol should never be used, or increased.
They are saying the public doesn’t know enough, and the potential damage could be considerable.