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E10 for all Vehicles
E10 (10% ethanol and 90% unleaded gasoline) is approved for use in any make or model vehicle sold in the U.S. Many automakers recommend its use because of its high-performance, clean-burning characteristics. It is important to note it does not take a special vehicle to run on ethanol. All vehicles are “ethanol vehicles” and can use up to 10% ethanol with no modifications to the engine.
Mid-Range Blends: E20 and E30
The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is leading efforts to attend to any hurdles for using ethanol blends above 10%, such as E20 and E30. If these higher percentages could be used in standard vehicles, the U.S. could significantly decrease our dependence on petroleum from foreign countries. New research shows that mid-range ethanol blends can in some cases provide better fuel economy than regular unleaded gasoline — even in standard, non-flex-fuel vehicles. Research suggests there is an “optimal blend level” of ethanol and gasoline (most likely E20 or E30) at which vehicles get better gas mileage than predicted. For the full report, visit www.ethanol.org.
E85 for Flex-Fuel Vehicles
E85 is an alternative fuel for use in flexible fuel vehicles (FFV). There are currently more than 6 million FFVs on Americas roads with more coming each month. In conjunction with more flex-fuel vehicles, more E85 pumps are being installed across the country.
Economic benefits of ethanol
The production and use of ethanol benefit our economy on all levels — local, state and national. From the local communities where the crops are grown and processed to the metropolitan areas where drivers fill up with a domestically produced fuel, American-made ethanol propels the economy. Money spent on ethanol in the Midwest stays in the Midwest.
Why use ethanol blends?
- 10% ethanol in today’s market will reduce the cost of a gallon of gas by $0.10.
- Money spent on ethanol in the Midwest stays in the Midwest.
- Ethanol burns cleaner.
- E10 has been shown to increase performance.
- No need for winter additives.
- E10 can be used in any vehicle from1982 or newer.
- Most newer small engines can use E10.
- Many motorcycles and ATVs can also use E10; check your owner’s manual.
E85 can only be used in flex-fuel vehicles. E85 has 27% less energy than conventional gasoline (fuel economy loss varies between 10% and 25%).