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E85 Vehicles Emit Fewest GHGs in Total Life Cycle Assessment

auto-life-cycleE85-powered vehicles have the lowest lifetime emissions, when considering all materials, powertrains and fuel sources, according to new research from WorldAutoSteel.

The group has recently released the second iteration of its Life Cycle Assessment model for various types of vehicles. The new model accounts for broader evaluations of materials, powertrains, fuels and the vehicle’s total energy consumed. The information should assist fleet owners in determining the overall impact of their vehicle choice on greenhouse gases, according to a press release.

The new model is the result of two studies: “The Impact of Material Choice in Vehicle Design on Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions – The Case of High-Strength Steel” and “Advanced High-Strength Steel Versus Aluminium for Body in White Applications.”

The model can be downloaded here.

WorldAutoSteel is the automotive group of the World Steel Association.

Investors include: ArcelorMittal Dofasco, ArcelorMittal USA, Nucor Corporation, Severstal North America Inc. and the United States Steel Corporation.

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2 thoughts on “E85 Vehicles Emit Fewest GHGs in Total Life Cycle Assessment

  1. This is an unfortunate choice for a headline. It makes corn-based Ethanol seem like a good choice for a fuel (see image, listing E85corn). While this is technically correct within the boundary of the study and the report, this is one subject in which we must not forget about land use involved with creating the fuel. The Ecological Footprint of E85 from corn is around 2.5 times bigger than that from gasoline. We need our Ecological Footprint to go down, not up, which is what will happen if we focus on too narrow of a set of metrics to measure progress by.

  2. The issue, for advanced biofuel, is whether the proper development of an advanced biofuel industry in the United States is even feasible when: (a) independent ethanol producers in the U.S. are at the mercy of volatile commodities markets for feedstock; and (b) the price of ethanol is controlled by the oil companies.

    Read “Independent U.S. Ethanol Producers Will Not Survive as Price Takers” on the following page: http://renergieadvancedbiofuel.blogspot.com

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