As TTAC readers well know: There is a huge E85 flex-fuel loophole in the new federal fuel economy CAFE standards. Ford will drive right through that barn door-sized hole.
By the end of this year, Ford wants to deliver 370,000 flex fuel vehicles, a number which they can trade against fuel oinkers. Letâ€™s review: Â A flex-fuel vehicle is one that is capable of running on E-85. But it doesnâ€™t have to. It can also run on straight gas. Or on any mixture of the two fuels. As long as it’s E85 capable, it counts at least for a Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha at the DC CAFE.
At the 2010 BIO International Convention in Chicago, Sue Cischke, Fordâ€™s group vice president, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering said that â€śEthanol and other biofuels help reduce the countyâ€™s dependence on imported oil.â€ť
She even had stats to prove it: More ethanol is now produced and used in the U.S. than the amount of gasoline made from oil imported to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia and Iraq combined. Now thereâ€™s food for thought â€¦
Ford is ready to expand flexible-fuel vehicle output to 50 percent of total 2012 model year vehicle production. Under one condition, says Ford:
â€śAssuming incentives continue to encourage the manufacturing, distribution and availability of renewable fuels as well as the production of flexible fuel vehicles.â€ť
So CAFE credits arenâ€™t incentive enough?