The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of E15 in all passenger vehicles model year 2001 or newer. In fact, more than 70% of new (2016) models are explicitly approved for the use of E15 by automakers.
E15 is a blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. It is the most widely tested fuel to ever be offered for sale in the United States. Since ethanol is cleaner and has a higher octane content than gasoline, E15 reduces the number of pollutants in fuel and produces less carbon emissions than regular gasoline. In addition, E15 is typically less expensive than E10 or ordinary unleaded gasoline.
EPA approval means that E15 is authorized for use in 239 million cars on the road in the U.S. today, including all the autos manufactured in the last decade (equal to more than 80 percent of all the vehicles on the road today).
A full move to E15 creates a bigger market for American Ethanol that could help create as many as 136,000 new jobs in the United States and eliminate as much as 8 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the air in a year – the equivalent of taking 1.35 million vehicles off the road.
E15 is consistently making its way to pumps across the nation. Kum & Go, a regional retailer with several locations in Omaha, will be introducing E15 at its stations over the next several months. “We have a strong tradition in our company to implement sustainability within our business and at our locations. E15 was a natural addition to our fuel offering,” said Jim Pirolli, vice president of fuels for Kum & Go. “Having E15 in our portfolio allows Kum & Go to offer our customers a quality product at a great value.”