How does the system function? Jonny Energy's conversion systems contain an intelligent electronic manager run by microprocessors and software that control the vehicle’s stoichiometry (air/fuel mixture), in association with the lambda probe. Our system bypasses the fuel injector connection, and connects directly into the original fuel injector harness and to the fuel injectors. When operating on E85, or any combination of ethanol and gasoline, your engine needs an adjusted amount of fuel to be injected into the engine to keep the air/fuel mixture in the optimum zone. This is done by the system’s computer chip, which gives a linear increase of on time to the fuel injectors (time frame that the fuel injectors are open). Once installed, the system continuously monitors your vehicle’s engine emissions and adjusts supplemental fuel injection through the O2 Sensors, which allows your vehicle to operate at optimal performance running on gas, ethanol, or any combination.
Can Jonny Energy's E85 Conversion Kits be installed in any vehicle? It can be installed in any vehicle with a multi-port and sequential fuel injection system.
FAQs provided by the American Coalition for Ethanol
Is ethanol good for my car? Yes! E85 performs in much the same way that regular gasoline does, and actually surpasses regular gasoline in key performance categories. Your vehicle will run cleaner, cooler, and stronger on E85, and will increase the engine life on your car.
How does ethanol-blended fuel benefit the environment? Ethanol is a much cleaner burning fuel than gasoline, offering a significant reduction in carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon tailpipe emissions. Research shows that every city and state that has switched to ethanol-blended fuel has experienced improved air quality. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, in 2005 alone ethanol-blended fuels reduce CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions by 7.8 million tons; this has the effect of removing the annual GHG emissions of more than 1 million automobiles from the road. Additionally, ethanol-enriched fuels reduce tailpipe emissions of volatile organic compounds, which readily form ozone in the atmosphere. Thus, the use of ethanol plays an important role in smog reduction.
How is ethanol is driving up prices at the grocery store? The role of corn and ethanol in grocery prices has been grossly exaggerated by critics who have much to gain in keeping ethanol's potential limited. Research shows that energy prices have at least twice the impact as corn prices in the grocery aisle. Corn prices, made higher lately in part due to ethanol demand, do have some impact on foods in which corn is an ingredient - namely meat, dairy, and poultry. However, energy prices (spiking with oil reaching all time highs), have a much more dramatic impact on food prices because all foods are dependent upon this expensive energy for processing, packaging, and transportation.
What does "net energy balance" mean? What is ethanol's energy balance? Net energy balance is a term used to describe how much energy is needed to produce a product versus how much energy that product provides. Two professors that are long-time critics of ethanol claim that ethanol has a negative energy balance, but this is simply not true and has been debunked again and again by science. Scientific study after study has proven ethanol's energy balance to be positive. The latest USDA figures show that ethanol made from the dry mill process provides at least 77% more energy as a fuel than the process it takes to make it. The bottom line is that it takes about 35,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units) of energy to create a gallon of ethanol, and that gallon of ethanol contains at least 77,000 BTUs of energy. The National Resources Defense Council calls corn ethanol "energy well spent." The net energy balance of ethanol is simply a non-issue.
Is ethanol using up corn that should be used for human food? In the so-called "food vs. fuel" debate, one major misconception is that the majority of the corn grown in the U.S. goes directly for human consumption. This is not the case. Actually, only about 9 percent of U.S. corn is used for human consumption in products like cereals, sweeteners, etc. The main uses for U.S. corn are for livestock feed or for export, with the industrial uses category (including ethanol) making up a smaller percentage. As ethanol refining switches from corn-based processes to cellulosic, this debate will no longer be relevant.
How do I install the system? The installation is simple and is made using connectors, without cutting wires and without interfering in the vehicle originality. Consumers with a basic automotive understanding of fuel injectors can do installation. However, we recommend that a professional mechanic install the product. Jonny Energy offers live phone support to our customers and/or their mechanic. Most installations can be done in less than 45 minutes.
What is the warranty period? Jonny Energy's warranty period is 5 year, in accordance with the clauses, terms, exclusions and restrictions set forth in the warranty certificate. Click here, to review the warranty terms.
Will ethanol hurt my car’s fuel system? No. Ethanol-enriched gasoline can actually help absorb moisture in a fuel system and help prevent frozen fuel lines in the winter. With an ethanol-enriched gasoline, there’s no need to add a de-icer in the winter. Ethanol is also a solvent, and will keep injectors and other components clean.
Does gasoline enriched with ethanol burn hotter? No. Ethanol increases the octane rating of regular gasoline, which means it burns more smoothly and slightly cooler. A gallon of 10 percent ethanol-enriched gasoline contains about 112,000 BTU of heat energy, compared to 114,000 BTU for straight gasoline.
If I have a gas vehicle and convert it to run on E85, can I damage my engine? No. There are currently over 50,000 vehicles on the road using E85 Conversion Systems to burn alcohol fuels. There have been no reports of engine damage due to the conversion system or running on ethanol. In fact, burning alcohol instead of gasoline has been shown to decrease engine oil contamination and extend engine life. Alcohol burns cooler than gasoline providing additional benefits in terms of engine life and performance.
Is ethanol corrosive? While ethanol is corrosive, it is not corrosive to the components on your car. This is evidenced by the fact that factory built Flex Fuel Vehicles and non-FFV’s have all the same engine parts.
Does the conversion system change the vehicle originality? No. The installation does not alter the originality of a vehicle. The system plugs into the vehicle’ s existing wiring harness without cutting or splicing. It can be easily removed leaving your car completely unaltered.
What if I sell my car? The system can be easily removed leaving the car unaltered. The unit may be reused on any compatible vehicle with the same number of cylinders and fuel injectors.
Will I lose power from using E85 in my vehicle? No. Because E85 has a higher octane (typically around 105) rating than most automotive grade gasoline (between 87 – 93) your vehicle will deliver more horsepower and a resulting power increase. This is evidenced by the Indy Racing Series, which runs exclusively on ethanol. If you currently use regular or mid-grade gas you should notice a significant boost in horsepower.
Is it hard to start your vehicle on E85 in cold weather? No. Our kit provides easy starting even in cold weather. In extremely cold conditions, it can require 2 key turns to turn on the ignition. If you do experience some cold start issues, the conversion system can be adjusted to a higher (richer) setting.
How much will my MPG be affected? Our customers and research have reported MPG reduction ranging from 5% to 20% lower for E85. However, there are many variables that affect fuel economy (weather, car condition, road grade, tire pressure, air conditioner use, etc.) and results will vary. One of the key advantages of our digital system is that it gets significantly better MPG than its analog competitors. In most cases, decreased mileage is completely offset by lower E85 prices.
Is E85 more cost effective than gas? In most cases, E85 is more cost effective than gasoline, but this depends on where you live. Typically, the cost savings of E85 offset any loss in MPG and result in net savings. To fully analyze the costs of E85 vs. gas, one must take into consideration the quality of E85 as a fuel (which has an octane rating of 105) compared with super-unleaded gasoline’s octane rating of 93, and the longer engine life for the vehicle resulting from E85 usage.
What is the resulting difference of digital technology vs. analog? The primary advantage of our digital system is that it gets significantly better MPG than its analog competitors.
Where can I buy E85 in my area? A link to a complete list of gas stations offering E85 can be found at http://www.e85prices.com/. Today there are more than 2,000 gas stations across the nation offering E85 and that number is increasing quickly.