What is E85 ethanol?
E85 ethanol is a fuel blend of up to 85% ethyl alcohol and gasoline. E85 is designed for use in flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs). When fueled with E85, FFVs are recognized as a Clean Air Choice.
ADDING ETHANOL TO GASOLINE IS A NATURAL AND RENEWABLE WAY TO MAKE FUEL BURN CLEANER AND REDUCE TOXIC EMISSIONS.
What are other ethanol blends?
- Blender pumps offer E85 and other high-blend ethanol fuels such as E20 (20% ethanol/80% gasoline), E30 (30% ethanol), and E50 (50% ethanol). Drivers should only use these ethanol blends in FFVs
- E15 (15% ethanol blend), often referred to as Unleaded 88 or a similar name, is available at thousands of fuel stations around the country. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of E15 in all passenger vehicles model year 2001 and newer and all FFVs. E15 is not currently approved for motorcycles, boats, and other small engines
- Any gasoline engine can use up to 10% ethanol (E10), according to the EPA
What are other ethanol benefits?
- Made from renewable feedstocks like corn and other grain products, as well as from agricultural and forestry wastes and specially grown energy crops
- Produced closer to home instead of being imported from other countries
- Locally grown feedstocks and fuel production create jobs and support local economies
E85 Infrastructure Development Grant Programs
Assistance may be available for fuel stations installing equipment or converting existing equipment for dispensing ethanol blends. Promotional assistance programs, marketing materials, and imaging kits may also be available.