Social Links Search




2024 - The EV-Ethanol Battle Heats Up

2024 - The EV-Ethanol Battle Heats Up

By Andi Anderson

The year 2024 is poised for a significant showdown between electric vehicles (EVs) and ethanol-powered hybrids, marking a pivotal moment for the vehicle industry. The ethanol sector is aggressively aiming for a share in the carbon-reducing vehicle market, coinciding with the EPA's impending enforcement of stringent auto emission regulations. 

Last year, the EPA proposed regulations that could potentially require EVs to make up two-thirds of all new car sales in the United States by 2032. 

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack emphasizes the need to sustain American manufacturing by embracing alternative vehicle technologies. While addressing concerns from farmers regarding the surge in electric vehicle discussions, he advocates for expanding ethanol markets beyond traditional avenues, such as in aviation. 

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) head Geoff Cooper raises concerns that EVs might dampen ethanol demand and are not a comprehensive solution. Highlighting challenges faced by electric vehicles—like discrepancies in advertised range and issues in extreme weather conditions—Cooper argues for exploring alternative options. 

The RFA conducted road tests on a plug-in hybrid flex fuel vehicle using E85, showcasing promising results. A Ford Escape, part of the test, delivered an impressive 440 miles on a full tank of E85 and a complete charge—a performance nearly double that of a similar EV. 

As 2024 unfolds, the debate between EVs and ethanol-powered hybrids intensifies, shaping the landscape of the vehicle market and steering discussions toward sustainable, low-emission transportation alternatives. 


Photo Credit: shutterstock-dickgage

Additional Farm Tax Information Additional Farm Tax Information
Nominations Open for Indiana Master Farmer 2024 Nominations Open for Indiana Master Farmer 2024

Categories: Indiana, Energy

Subscribe to newsletters

Crop News

Rural Lifestyle News

Livestock News

General News

Government & Policy News

National News

Back To Top