RFA Showcases Hybrid SUV Converted To Use E-85
A 2022 Ford Escape hybrid with an internal combustion engine converted to run on ethanol sits on display at the Renewable Fuels Association’s booth during the 2023 Commodity Classic in Orlando. (Photo by Greg Akagi, Alpha Ag Network)

The Renewable Fuels Association is criss-crossing the nation with a hybrid vehicle converted to run its internal combustion engine on ethanol.  The group recently converted a 2022 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle to demonstrate the effectiveness of combining the two systems for fuel efficiency and cleaner emissions.  RFA Vice President for Industry Relations Robert White…

White says the converted engine is burning ethanol at a greater efficiency, allowing more miles per gallon.

White adds that the combination allows a greater range than fully electric vehicles.  He says demonstrating the technology’s effectiveness, combined with policies encouraging greater production and use of ethanol blends, should encourage auto companies to increase the number of flex-fuel vehicles on the road.

The Renewable Fuels Association’s flex-fuel hybrid vehicle was on display at last week’s Commodity Classic in Orlando.