The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association last week held a press conference in Des Moines and released new testing data from vehicles driving in the real world that demonstrates the American Petroleum Institute's earlier Coordinating Research Council, or CRC, testing on E15 has no real world implications. To highlight the point, IRFA staff drove a vehicle that exceeded Big Oil's arbitrary testing threshold for cylinder leakdown from Iowa to Washington, D.C. Members of Congress, staff and media were invited to test drive the vehicle during an event on Capitol Hill.
Big Oil has spent months touting the results of a biased CRC test on vehicles using E15, a 15% ethanol blend, and clear gasoline (no ethanol). The CRC test was criticized by many experts for many reasons – notably for its arbitrary testing criteria and for its failure to test vehicles on E10. Since 240 million vehicles routinely operate on E10 without performance issues in the real world, if vehicles running on E10 were also found to exceed the arbitrary testing threshold it would prove that CRC's E15 testing program was fatally flawed.
IRFA says oil industry test used a meaningless test parameter to try to scare the public and policymakers on E15 ethanol
"To determine whether the arbitrary CRC testing parameter had real world implications, we at IRFA did something that CRC refused to do," says IRFA executive director Monte Shaw. "IRFA tested eight random vehicles on E10, a fuel used in over 95% of vehicles today. After 35 years and trillions of miles, we know that E10 works in the real world. To create the E10 baseline, IRFA tested cars that are driven every day – to work, to school, on summer vacations – with no performance issues. If any of these vehicles exceeded the CRC criteria it would prove the arbitrary testing threshold cannot be used to predict real world operability."