The New Fuel: E15
E15 (15% ethanol, 85% gasoline) is a new higher octane fuel that will soon be another choice found at a gas station near you, if not already. This fuel has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for light duty vehicles model year 2001 and newer, and all flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs). Vehicles older than 2001, small engines, boats and motorcycles were not. If you have a vehicle that is a 2001 and newer model, you can be rest assured that this fuel has been properly and thoroughly tested. In fact, it has been tested more than any other fuel in the history of the United States, and all before it was even offered to the public. The approved group of vehicles includes more than 75% of the cars, trucks and SUVs on the road today. What is more important is the fuel consumed by these vehicles constitutes more than 85% of the unleaded fuel sold. Needless to say, E15 can play an important role in reducing our dependency on foreign oil. E15 is not a mandate, E10 will remain available. No station is required to carry it, and no consumer is required to purchase it. It is simply another choice at the pump, and nothing more.
Why Should I Choose E15?
According to the EPA, “E15 is likely to result in somewhat lower evaporative emissions compared to fuel currently sold in much of the country… .” That is a good start! Lower emissions are good, and even better for future generations.
Testing was completed by EPA, national laboratories, universities and several independent studies. Before E15 began selling on the street, it had been tested more than 6 million miles over various manufacturers, makes, and model years. Now that E15 is being sold at several gas stations, the number of miles E15 has been proven continues growing each day with everyday consumers using it. The miles E15 has been proven equals 12 round trips to the moon and back without a single failure. This doesn't even include the 40 million miles consumers have driven on E15 without one single issue since being sold at several gas stations.
The ethanol industry continues to support more than 383,000 jobs in the United States. The expansion of the availability and consumption of ethanol will cause that number to increase, and in turn boost our economy overall. There are few industries today that have the ability to maintain and potentially add jobs here in the United States. We are very proud of this fact.
Ethanol burns cleaner and cooler in engines, which helps the performance level of the vehicle. It also can extend the life of the engine, which is good for you and your wallet.
E15 can be used by more than 75% of the light duty vehicles on the road today, representing more than 85% of the unleaded fuel sold.
And there is always room to grow! The ethanol portion of E15 is made from renewable resources, and that is not going to change. In fact, the number of available resources increases each year. Ethanol is not going to be limited by corn, or other grains, it is simply going to be limited by acceptance. You can start the change. Let’s work together to break our century plus addiction to oil.
If you don’t have E15 at your favorite gas stations yet, make sure to ask your fueling station if they will offer
E15 as a fueling option. Look for the label to ensure you are getting E15!
Can I use E15?
If you drive any of the following, you can definitely use E15! Not sure what model year your vehicle is? Check your insurance card, registration card, or owner's manual to find out.
- Model Year 2001 and newer cars
- Model Year 2001 and newer light-duty trucks
- Model Year 2001 and newer medium-duty passenger vehicles (SUVs)
- All flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs)
Some newer vehicles will list on the fuel cap or filler port which fuels can be used in the vehicle. Below is a picture of the fuel filler port of a 2013 Ford Escape.
View the E15 FAQ Sheet to read frequently asked questions about E15.
E15 Consumer Brochure