Lugar Introduces Dual Fuels Vehicles Bill
U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar introduced today the “Dual Fuel Vehicles Bill of 2011.” The bill will provide future vehicle owners a choice in fueling options through the production of vehicles that can operate on multiple fuels.
“In order to rapidly decrease our dependence on imports of foreign oil, we must expand domestic energy production from strategic resources like biofuels and from unrecovered domestic oil reserves,” said Lugar. “This low cost bill will enable greater utilization of biofuels made from a variety of sources but ultimately leaves that choice to the consumer as Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) can utilize gasoline or ethanol blends.”
Automakers are currently selling dual fuel vehicles that can operate on ethanol-gasoline blends of up to 85 percent ethanol, but currently FFVs make up a low percentage of new vehicles sold in the United States. Because well-made vehicles can exist in the nation’s vehicle fleet for decades, producing more FFVs now will ensure that motorists will be able to choose ethanol when more is available in the future through increased production from diverse feedstocks such as agricultural wastes. A typical vehicle operating on an internal combustion engine would need only inexpensive and simple modifications to be dual fuel capable. READ MORE Copy of bill