E15 Ethanol Fuel Is On The Way To Your Gas Station

Many cars can only use fuel with 10% ethanol or less. (Photo courtesy Wikipedia)

Just when we were getting used to E10 automotive fuel (up to 10% ethanol added to gasoline), a recent EPA ruling that will require increased use of ethanol means that E15 fuel will eventually be showing up at your neighborhood gas station.

As a recent Forbes Magazine article stated, “The Energy and Security Act requires that a certain amount of ‘renewable’ fuel must be introduced into the market each year, an amount that will rise to 36 billion gallons in 2022. EPA regulations identify petroleum refiners and importers as “obligated” parties to bring this about. The only way to meet this arbitrary quota is to add more ethanol made from corn to the mix…an additional 7 billion gallons annually.”

E15 fuel is appropriate only for 2001 and newer passenger vehicles and flex-fuel vehicles. But what if every gas station you drive by in your classic car has only E15 fuel? And how will it affect your current daily driver?

The Forbes article gives us 10 reasons to care about this issue.

1) Ethanol yields lousy and expensive gas mileage.
2) E15 may nullify your car warranty.
3) E15 approval violates EPA’s own Clean Air Act statute.
4) Ethanol plays havoc with boat engines and fiberglass gas tanks.
5) The alcohol wrecks small engines.
6) The ethanol mandate raises your food costs.
7) Ethanol affords absolutely no net energy benefit.
8) The mandate is environmentally destructive.
9) Ethanol produces even more greenhouse gases than gasoline.
10) E15 mandate exemplifies out-of-control government.

For more of the details behind these 10 reasons, read the complete Forbes Magazine article here.

Also, learn more about how to counter the effects of ethanol by clicking here.


  1. I’m not a fan of mandatory E15 and highly doubt that we’ll see it happening in most pumps. The gasoline refineries will not rush to implement this.

    While there are a number of points made in Forbes article are spot on, there are others that are misleading. Keep in mind that Forbes is a Pro-Big-Oil publication.

    Using the wrong fuel in any vehicle isn’t a good thing.

    The right renewable fuels are good for America. They create jobs, lower overall costs, and are kind on our engines. I’ve interviewed a number of race car drivers that are using E85 and love the lower cost, higher potential horsepower, and cleaner burn.

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