A bipartisan group of House members led by Congressmen John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) and including Eliot Engel (D, New York-17), Steve Israel (D, New York-2) and Roscoe Bartlett (R-Maryland-6) introduced the technology-neutral Open Fuel Standard (OFS) Act (HR 1687).
The OFS would require that 50% of new automobiles in 2014, 80% in 2016, and 95% in 2017, would be warranted to operate on non-petroleum fuels in addition to or instead of petroleum-based fuels. Compliance possibilities include the full array of existing technologies—including flex fuel, natural gas, hydrogen, biodiesel, plug-in electric drive, and fuel cell—and a catch-all for new technologies. This requirement will then provide certainty to investors to produce alternative fuels and fueling stations to have a variety of pumps supplying those alternative fuels, the Representatives said.
The Big Three automobile companies have in the past stated their willingness to make 50% of new vehicles flex fuel by 2012.