HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Snowmobiles that don't start when it's cold aren't good for much.That's why researchers at Michigan Technological University are trying to see how well snowmobiles can perform using fuel with higher levels of ethanol than those in today's gasoline.

Federal regulations require that use of renewable fuel use increase from 9 billion gallons to 36 billion gallons by 2022.

This winter, engineering assistant professor Scott Miers is conducting a study to see how snowmobiles can function with ethanol levels of 15 percent, compared to the current 10 percent, known as E10.

The research is taking place in cooperation with the Society of Automotive Engineers' Clean Snowmobile Challenge. Michigan Tech hosts the annual event in March.

source; wsbt

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