Ethanol as low concentration component “E10”
In maximum, 5, 10 or 15% ethanol in gasoline can be used for conventional cars depending on the regional regulations. In Brazil, cars are slightly modified for ethanol concentrations up to some 25%. Exhaust emissions form new cars are low, and absolute differences between fuels are small in normal driving conditions. The effect of low-level ethanol on exhaust emissions is mainly seen at cold-start and heavy-driving conditions.
- How much ethanol can be used in conventional cars?
- Material compatibility
- Storage and stability
- Groundwater issues
- Evaporative emissions
- Nitrogen oxides
- Nitrous oxide
- Carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons
- 1,3-Butadiene, benzene and methane
- Aldehydes and ethanol
- Particles, PAH and mutagenecity
- Ozone forming potential
- Summary of emissions
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- Annex XXXV-2, ongoing: “Particle measurements: ethanol and butanol in DISI engines"
- Annex XXXVI, 2007–2010 “Measurement Technologies for Hydrocarbons, Ethanol, and Aldehyde Emissions from Ethanol Powered Vehicles”, download report
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