EV Vs Ethanol

EV Vs Ethanol

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson. The EPA proposed some of the toughest car pollution rules in 2023 that could force electric vehicles to make up two-thirds of new cars sold in the U.S. by 2032.

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says farmers should stop blaming EVs and look to expand ethanol markets …

VILSACK … “Farmers come up to me and they say, ‘Ah, would you stop talking about electric vehicles.’ No, because we want to make sure that we continue to have manufacturing in this country. It’s not going to put you guys out of business. It’s not. We’re going to have cars that use ethanol for a long, long time.”

Renewable Fuels Association head Geoff Cooper argues EVs could suppress ethanol demand and are not a cure all …

COOPER … “They, in most cases, do not deliver the range that was advertised, that they have problems in extremely hot weather or extremely cold weather, that there are problems with finding places to charge these vehicles.”

Cooper says the RFA’s been road testing a plug-in hybrid flex fuel vehicle with E85 …

COOPER … “If you are truly interested, and if you are truly serious about reducing carbon emissions and doing it at the lowest cost possible for consumers and doing it in a way that doesn’t compromise or sacrifice vehicle range and convenience, this is what we’ve got to be looking at.”

Cooper says the test vehicle got 440 miles out of a full tank of E85 and full charge--nearly double of an EV.

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