Research

All research publications of the Fuels Institute will represent the work product of the Fuels Institute alone, and will not be presented as reflecting the individual positions of any member of the Board of Advisors, the associated Task Group, or any organization helping to fund the research.

Mexico's Energy Reform: Impact of Mexico's Deregulation and Liberalization of the Fuels Market

This report analyzes the impact of the recently implemented Energy Reform on the country’s present and future fuel demand, distribution and retail infrastructure, regulatory programs and composition of the vehicles market as well as the impact on U.S. market dynamics.

Date: January 24, 2020

Retailing Biofuels: A Guide to Reading Applicable Federal Regulations

This report compiles all of the federal regulations and third party standards applicable to storing and selling biofuels, including those mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Trade Commission and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The report will assist retailers and other interested stakeholders keep up with new liquid fuel offerings by serving as the single resource needed to navigate applicable federal regulations, liability concerns, penalties for non-compliance and compliance options.

Date: November 12, 2019

Literature Review Summary - Supercharged: The Environmental Impact of Electric Vehicles

The electric vehicle (EV) has earned a reputation for being eco-friendly, but tailpipe emissions capture just a snapshot of their complete environmental impact. The Fuels Institute undertook a literature review to assess how the lifecycle of an EV impacts the environment as compared to that of the internaI combustion engine (ICE) vehicle.

Date: October 29, 2019

IMO 2020 Literature Review

A summary of more than 30 reports evaluating the impact of the International Maritime’s rule lowering marine sulfur limits to 0.5% mass/mass, effective January 1, 2020. 

Date: April 11, 2019

Analysis of the Potential for Increasing Octane in the U.S. Fuel Supply

A white paper written by the Fuels Institute discussing findings from the Fuels Institute’s Octane report in the context of research done by Co-Optima, USCAR and evolving policy discussions relative to high-octane fuel.

Date: March 21, 2019

Transitioning the U.S. Gasoline Pool to a Single High-Octane Fuel: A Baseline Analysis

This report presents an understanding of the options for and feasibility of transitioning the market to a national high-octane fuel to enable more fuel-efficient vehicle technologies. 

Date: March 21, 2019

Market Reactions to Low Carbon Fuel Standard Programs

A comprehensive review of the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) to provide insight into the success and challenges of the program. 

Date: February 22, 2019

2018 Case Competition: Fuel Retailing in 2040

Fuels Institute’s 2018 Case Competition submissions of the winning team, two semi-finalists and two honorable mentions.

Date: December 03, 2018

Driving Vehicle Sales – Utility, Affordability and Efficiency

An analysis of vehicle sales by segment (truck, small car, SUV, etc.) and powertrain (gasoline, diesel, hybrid, electric) in relation to the volatility of fuel prices over the years. The report also compares how the purchase price and fuel efficiency of each vehicle affects consumer purchasing decisions.

Date: July 30, 2018

The Case of E15

A comprehensive assessment, presented as individual case studies, of retailer experiences selling E15, including the decision process, requirements to sell E15, equipment configurations, marketing strategy and consumer response.

Date: February 01, 2018