Ethanol - FBHVC reveals additive test results
Ethanol in Fuel - Stability Additive Test Results
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) is pleased to announce the results of its fuel stability additive test programme. This research was designed to test the anti-corrosive properties of proprietary additives claiming to provide a high level of protection against potential corrosion of fuel systems, including tanks, pipework and fuel metering equipment on historic vehicles caused by the addition of ethanol into petrol.
VSPe Power Plus, VSPe and EPS from Millers Oils; Ethomix from Frost A R T Ltd; Ethanolmate from Flexolite all received an ‘A’ rating in the research which enables all these products carry an endorsement from the FBHVC. The endorsement is in the form of the FBHVC logo and the words: ‘endorsed by the FBHVC as a fuel additive for protection against corrosion in metals’.
All additive manufacturers and suppliers were approached in 2011 to provide test samples for this research which was designed to simulate storage in a vehicle’s fuel tank for a 12 month period.
Chairman of the FBHVC Chris Cunnington commented: “We’ve been highlighting these problems caused by the addition of ethanol to petrol since 2008 and are very pleased that the results of this recent research has shown such a positive result. However, it should be noted that while these products provide protection against corrosion the remaining problems of compatibility and combustion still need to be addressed”.
Notes for Editors
The FBHVC’s conference last October majored on the effects of ethanol in petrol with presentations from industry experts. It identified three issues to be considered: corrosion, compatibility and combustion. The Federation was well represented at a recent Fuel Stakeholders meeting with the DfT.
Research by the Federation in 2011 showed that the historic vehicle movement is worth around £4.3 billion p.a. to UK PLC and is an expanding market.
Millers’ Oils - email: email@example.com; website: www.millersoils.co.uk
Frost A R T Ltd - email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.frost.co.uk
Flexolite - email: email@example.com; website: www.flexolite.co.uk
Further information on this press release is available from:
Rosy Pugh FBHVC Secretary Tel: 01865 400845;
Roger Wrapson FBHVC Director, Communications Tel: 07804 697066.