The Forum. Minnesota legislators are pushing a bill that would double the amount of ethanol required in gasoline sold in Minnesota from 10% to 20% by 2012.
The so-called “E20” proposal could be heard on the Senate floor as early as Monday, said bill author Sen. Dallas Sams, DFL-Staples. [...]
Oil and automobile industry representatives said they don’t oppose more ethanol, but don’t believe a mandate is the right approach.
Peg Gutman of Ford Motor Co. said that instead of requiring E20, the state should promote expanding the existing 85 percent ethanol blend [E85].
The state will need a waiver from the US EPA before the bill could go into effect.
E85 flex fuel cars are an underutilized approach in the US. The following automakers offer E85 models for the current model year (2005):
Ford: 4.0-liter Explorer, 3.0-liter Taurus, 4.0-liter Mercury Mountaineer, 3.0-liter Mercury Sable
Daimler Chrysler: 4.7-liter Dodge Ram 1500, 2.7-liter Chrysler Sebring, 2.7-liter Dodge Stratus, 3.3-liter Caravan, 3.2-liter Mercedes C320
General Motors: 5.3-liter Suburban, Tahoe, Yukon, 5.3-liter Sierra and Silverado
Nissan: 5.6-liter Titan trucks