MANUAL Published: 07 July 2016

Discussion on Uses of the Specification for Fuel Ethanol for Blending (ASTM D4806)


Ethanol’s use as a motor fuel has expanded greatly since the first publication of an ASTM ethanol specification in 1984. The first gallons of ethanol used as a motor fuel were procured by a world famous automotive engineer, Henry Ford, back in 1908. In the United States, the years of prohibition virtually eliminated all ethanol production for beverage and automotive use. But due to significant air quality and energy security concerns, the U.S. government now has required the use of gasoline oxygenates and renewable energy motor fuel components such as ethanol. Fast forward to today—nearly all unleaded gasoline in the United States is blended with ethanol at some level, and this trend is expected to grow over the next decades.

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Moore, Kristin
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Developed by Committee: D02
Pages: 23–26
DOI: 10.1520/MNL6920150010
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-7076-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-7075-9