Ford Explains Ethanol Program to ACE Members

ACE13-uniteandignite-DiCiccoKnowing what automobile makers what and need for fuel and how those companies are moving forward in their green energy programs is some good information for the recent attendees at last week’s American Coalition for Ethanol’s (ACE) “Unite and Ignite” conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

“We’re committed to supporting biofuels by providing a range of products that provide biofuel capability in line with consumer demand. And that is key,” explained Dominic DiCicco with Ford Motor Company during the conference session titled, Automaker Perspective: Outlook for Higher Ethanol Blends and Octane. He added that Ford is dedicated to green fuels, but there must be a payoff for Ford in the form of better car sales of the greener fuel vehicles. “Consumers need to recognize value in their vehicle purchases.”

He continued that limited market impact, or at least the perception of limited impact, of E85 is keeping consumers from moving toward the higher ethanol blend, and thus, keeping Ford from making more vehicles E85 compatible. He went on to explain how compression ratios and octane ratings affect an engine’s performance, and that is a big hurdle for ethanol producers and marketers to overcome. Dominic concluded that there needs to be better coordination between car makers, ethanol producers, government regulators and fuel retailers.

“We have to figure out where do we want to take this infrastructure and market moving forward,” Dominic said.

ACE members seem to be up to his challenge telling him, “You tell us what you need, and we will then partner with you to do that.”

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4 thoughts on “Ford Explains Ethanol Program to ACE Members

  1. Dear Ford Guru,

    Instead of building an E85-Optimized Engine, you wasted your money on a natural gas engine. You are idiots.

  2. As long as we stay hooked on fuel (since at this point we don’t have much alternatives) we’ll just have to live with this. What we’ll be seeing in 3-5 years is probably long gas lines and very angry consumers.

  3. How about an incremental road? The idea of E30 capable vehicles transitioning to E30 optimized vehicles will enable drivers to get adequate mileage with cheaper fuel on the way to getting optimized mileage with cheaper fuel when that fuel is more available. Thus, why not make vehicles with engines that don’t have a mileage penalty with cheaper E30; but can also use E10 just fine. And when there’s plenty of blender pumps in your region, you can get the chip in your engine tweeked to enable you to get extra mileage using less expensive E30 fuel, but maybe experience a mileage penalty with the more expensive E10.

    To incentivize installation of blender pumps, use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D. As the proportion of renewable fuel increased, the user fee would drop in concert with the R&D project reaching a successful completion.