By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff
Legislation to remove the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved by an overwhelming margin in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee for consideration. Currently, the state requires that “All gasoline sold or offered for sale to ultimate consumers in this Commonwealth must contain at least 10% cellulosic ethanol by volume . . .”
The bill recognizes that ethanol fuels cause problems with fuel pumps, fuel gauges and other engine performance issues, especially over a period of time when the vehicle is not used. Current high-performance specialty parts along with pre-model year ’01 cars and parts may be most susceptible to corrosion. The legislation also acknowledges that ethanol has been shown to decrease fuel mileage.