Volvo Penta Introduces Ethanol Fuel Treatment for Marine Engines

Volvo Penta of the Americas is now offering an alcohol-free fuel additive designed to protect marine engines from the damaging effects of fuels containing ethanol.
Volvo Penta says its Ethanol Fuel Treatment is suitable for any outboard or sterndrive system and should be used for each fill up with ethanol-blended gas in order to protect the engine from damage.
"Ethanol-blended fuels such as E10 and E15 are approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency for the automotive market, but ethanol damages marine engines and fuel systems due to the corrosive properties of alcohol,' says David Kennedy, Director Parts and Accessory Operations, Volvo Penta of the Americas. "Unlike automobiles, most marine engines are only operated intermittently. Today's oxygenated and ethanol-blended fuels can begin to oxidize in as little as 30 days if left untreated in the boat's tank, resulting in corrosion inside the engine and fuel system.'
Volvo Penta Ethanol Fuel Treatment contains antioxidants designed to combat fuel breakdown and also chemical corrosion inhibitors said to form a protective barrier on fuel system components. It has been engineered, tested and approved by the engine maker to prevent fuel degradation and keep marine engines running smoother and more efficient. It also helps enable easier starting, maximum power output and optimal fuel economy.
"Importantly, our Ethanol Fuel Treatment is totally alcohol-free and helps ensure longer life and better performance for marine engines,' said Kennedy.