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Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) Joins E-Diesel Program

The Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC), an alliance of ethanol producers, has joined O2Diesel’s CityHome program. CityHome helps subsidize the adoption of O2Diesel’s ethanol-diesel blend by transit and school bus fleets. (Earlier post.)

EPIC’s goal is to reach consumers and key influencers across the country to promote the benefits of using an ethanol-enriched fuel. EPIC is joining the CityHome program to show that ethanol use is not limited to gasoline.

EPIC will support the CityHome program by integrating E-Diesel information in its global marketing message and promotion programs, and will initially focus on the CityHome initiative in Nebraska and particularly the school bus opportunity.

O2Diesel is an ethanol-diesel blend that uses 7.7% ethanol, with up to 1% proprietary additive and a cetane improver. In addition to cities in the US, two Brazilian cities have begun using O2Diesel in their transit fleets. (Earlier post.)



Does ethanol make more sense that biodiesel? Just wondering.


How about e-biodiesel? Would 7% ethanol blended with biodiesel reduce NOx emissions?

tom deplume

Biodiesel could be used to seperate ethanol from water after fermentation which would eliminate the need for distillation there by improving EROEI significantly. Simply let the mixture sit long enough and the water settles to the bottom as the oil ethanol mix rises to the top.


Interesting Tom !

I wonder if anybody is doing that yet.


If I understand the chemistry correctly, ethanol is an oxygenate and improves the combustion process. In gasoline, in can increase the octane rating of the fuel, and in diesel I imagine it can help the fuel burn more cleanly.

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