New fuel and old cars

Jan 4, 2011

Two Kettering professors continue their research into the effects of ethanol-blended gasoline on older-model cars.

Dr. Craig Hoff and Dr. Greg Davis, both professors of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University, are continuing their research into the effects of higher ethanol-content gasoline impacts older model car engines with a $125,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Their initial research, published in 2008, examined the effects of 10 percent ethanol content gasoline in classic cars. The new research will look at the effects of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol on cars from the 1990s. 

“The government is looking at ways to increase use of alternative fuels as one way to make a dent in our oil imports and there are people who believe ethanol is greener fuel and less damaging to the environment,” Hoff said in a Dec. 26 Flint Journal article. “On the other hand, there are still questions about how it affects older gasoline engines.”