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When do I need to use ethanol conversion kits?

When do I need to use ethanol conversion kits?

Filling up with higher blends of ethanol is very tempting due to the proven positive effects on environment through the reduction of emissions. Whenever an internal combustion engine is used, carbon dioxide comes out of the exhaust pipe automatically. What matters is where the carbon dioxide comes from. In fossil fuels, new carbon dioxide is created and enters the atmosphere. In renewable fuels such as ethanol, carbon dioxide is captured from the atmosphere either by a technical or biological process, and that very same carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere during the combustion phase. In the case of E85 ethanol blends, carbon footprint can be reduced by up to 80% by simply recycling carbon dioxide.  

Ethanol kits ensure the optimal fuel injection

Ethanol fuel has special characteristics. For instance, Ethanol produces lower energy content compared to gasoline. Denatured ethanol (98% ethanol) contains about 30% less energy than gasoline per liter. This energy deficiency needs to be compensated by injecting more fuel into the fuel system with the help of ethanol conversion kits. If the vehicle’s fuel system does not receive enough fuel, the system falls lean. The basic symptoms of the lean engine operation the diver can notice are:

  • Difficulties in starting the engine and rough idle
  • Engine becomes sluggish and lacks power
  • Engine stalls when stopped at traffic lights
  • Check engine light occurs
  • Engine knocking under load

In addition, there is an increase in emissions, such as Nitrogen Oxide (NOx), which is harmful for the environment. Nitrogen Oxides are a family of poisonous, highly reactive gases harmful for human health. With lean mixture, NOx emissions tend to increase exponentially in these cases.

The vehicle’s Lambda control system does corrective adjustments, especially in newer vehicles. However, in situations such as higher accelerations, Lambda can easily fall short, thus causing the engine to run lean.

Higher blends of ethanol fuel, such as E85, are considered as high-octane fuel with more than 100 octanes. E85 fuel also burns cleaner and cooler when used correctly. The engine will run more efficiently and can deliver up to 20% more power, especially on turbocharged engines.

Data has shown that many vehicles benefit from ethanol conversion kits when using ethanol blends of E20 and higher. Since ethanol content tends to vary in “standard blends”, eFlexFuel’s ethanol conversion kit ensures top of the line accuracy in fuel injection as the ethanol sensor measures the ethanol content in fuel 100 times per second. This kind of support for the fuel injection brings comfort and safety for both the driver and the vehicle itself. Check if your vehicle is compatible with eFlexFuel ethanol kits here and start running greener kilometers with ethanol fuel!

May 28, 2024