Our rolling ambassador, taking the science of renewable biofuels to the streets.
Welcome to the home of the Zymobile — a 2011 Dodge Charger Flex-Fuel Vehicle owned and operated by Novozymes, the world leader in bioinnovation. For more information on the Zymobile (including booking) please contact Paige Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This vehicle (seen here with the famous Capt. Cornelius) is our way of communicating with you about the world of conventional and advanced biofuels, or fuel made from clean, renewable materials. The car serves as a conversation starter to educate the public, business and opinion leaders and government officials about the benefits of this technology to everyday Americans. Biofuels today are supporting our farmers and 400,000 other American jobs, contributing to our economy and keeping fuel prices lower at the pump.
It is our goal to keep the Zymobile on the road attending events, conferences, meetings, parades and other venues across the continental U.S. And a big part of being on the road is driving interactions with people like you. We hope that after meeting the Zymobile and visiting this site, you will learn something new about biofuels, and possibly even be inspired to take action to help bring renewable fuels to your community, or buy or lease a vehicle that runs on a mix of renewable fuel and gasoline.
7 BIOFUELS MYTHS
Myth 1: Biofuels get significantly worse gas mileage
The cheapest way to make gasoline and meet US air quality standards is by using 10% ethanol (E10). An average car that gets 30 mpg on gas alone would get 29.7 mpg on E10. Thus, vehicles driving on E10 see virtually no difference in gas mileage. Higher blends of ethanol do have lower energy content, but this is more than made up for with the reduced price of the fuel at the pump.
Myth 2: Biofuels take more oil to make than they save
In fact, biofuels’ energy output is far better. It takes almost twice as much crude oil to drive the same distance on gasoline versus ethanol—even with the 1% mileage loss for E10.
Myth 3: E15 will harm my engine
Ethanol is a high-performance fuel. Because ethanol has very high octane, Indy cars run on 100% ethanol and NASCAR runs on 15%.
E15 has undergone more extensive testing designed by the auto companies than any other fuel additive in the history of the EPA. The tests included more than 100 vehicles, 85 vehicle and engine types and 33 fuel dispensing units.
At this time, E15 is approved only for 2001 model year vehicles and newer, which is 85% of today’s US automotive fleet. Nearly 70% of new cars sold in 2015 will be explicitly warrantied for the use of E15 by the manufacturers. In fact, Ford Motor Company and GM have endorsed E15 for their 2013 year models.
Bobby Likis is an automotive technician, owner and operator of an award-winning service shop and host of a national car-talk program. In 44 years as a shop owner, over 200,000 cars and light trucks have rolled through his doors.
“Of all the vehicles that have rolled into my service bays,” says Likis, “none has ever been damaged by ethanol blended fuels..not one!”
Myth 4: Biofuels make my gasoline cost more
A Louisiana State University study credits the mix of renewable fuel in our gasoline with lowering the average price per gallon by $0.79, and Iowa State University estimates the savings to be $1.09. Either way, that’s a significant savings.
Myth 5: Biofuels impact food prices
According to the World Bank, oil is the driving force behind the price of food-- not biofuels. Corn makes up only 3% of the price of food on average, whereas nearly 84% comes from non-farm costs like marketing, packaging and transportation—a major source of which is oil.
Myth 6: Biofuels can’t compete without subsidies
Conventional biofuel is already competing without subsidies. Renewable Fuels put $53 billion into American pocketbooks instead of foreign oil suppliers each year. Conventional and advanced biofuels are competing against oil which has enjoyed subsidies for decades, and still does today. Advanced biofuels’ growing positive impact on the American economy will far outweigh any small tax credits producers may currently receive. They will be able to compete without incentives in the near future. Advanced biofuels made from corn stalks, wheat straw, wood chips, switch grass and trash are commercializing today.
Myth 7: Biofuels have worse lifecycle CO2 emissions than gasoline
In fact, today’s modern biofuel production processes are more efficient than ever before. Ethanol burns 44-90% cleaner than gasoline when taking into account the entire product lifecycle from planting, growing, and collection of crops to burning the fuel in your car or truck.
ZYMOBILE ON THE ROAD
Novozymes Americas President Adam Monroe and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in Franklinton, NC with the Zymobile (seen here in its old wrap)
The Zymobile visits Graceland
Novozymes employees (and some family members) pose with the Zymobile at a biofuels rally in Kansas City, MO