Teresa Mapstone, 03 December 2015

ETHANOL-blended fuels might be more environmentally friendly than other fuels, and they might be cheaper, but that doesn’t mean everyone is willing to use them.

When the Daily reported on the state government’s ethanol mandate, Facebook followers were concerned about potential damage to their vehicles.

Joh Bennison was so opposed to the fuel he declared he would never put it in his car, bike, boat, “or any other vehicle”.

“E10 gets poor fuel economy because not all the ethanol in the fuel is burnt under combustion, thus you have ‘fuel’ being forced into the exhaust system which can get into the catalytic converter and lower the effectiveness and efficiency,” he said.

“E10 also makes cars jumpy to run with power surges, only operates with some minor efficiency when the engine is at a maximum temperature.”

On the Daily’s website one commenter had a warning for gardeners.

“The mower will not work with E10,” HBlive commented.

“E10 out, Hi octane out, guess I will get fit pushing an old pushy (push mower) or do we all change to electric mowers?”

Frankie from Tewantin added the fuel was also unsuitable chainsaws and blowers.

While most who commented on the plan said they would never use the fuel if they had a choice, Ike Ambrum wasn’t too bothered.

“My car gets whatever leaves the most money in my bank account,” she posted on Facebook.

For others, it seems, there was already no choice.

“This doesn’t really bother me, even though I don’t like it,” Micheal Riseley said.

“If I did I couldn’t use it, my can has to run on premium. I have no choice.”

United Petroleum and Dalby Biorefinery chief operating officer David Szymczak said there were many misconceptions about ethanol-blended fuel.

He said ethanol blends were surprisingly efficient, and was a higher octane than many realised, as ethanol was a natural octane enhancer and burnt cleaner.

Extracted in full from the Sunshine Coast Daily.