Stumped at the pump?
Multiple options leave some drivers scratching their head, and reaching for what they know, regular unleaded. If you have questions, we have answers!
Q: Can my car take E-15?
A: Most likely! E15 blends can be used in all engines 2001 and newer. (That’s 9 out of 10 cars on the road!)
Q: Is E-15 safe to use in my car?
A: E15 is the most tested fuel in the market today. In fact, consumers have driven over 6 billion miles using E15 without a single reported negative effect!* And ethanol burns at a lower temperature, which is good for your engine.
Q: What about higher blends like E85? Can my car use those?
A: Higher blends can be used in FlexFuel engines. Not sure you have a FlexFuel engine? If you see a yellow gas cap marked E85 compatible, you should be good to go. Still not sure? Enter your vehicle’s make and model here: https://afdc.energy.gov/vehicles/search/
Q: What is Ethanol?
A: Ethanol is a renewable, plant-based fuel. Most ethanol is currently made in the United States from field corn (not the sweet corn we eat). Ethanol sold at Kansas gas stations is grown by Kansas farmers and refined at Kansas ethanol refineries. Ethanol naturally has a higher octane level, which helps it burn cleaner than regular gasoline.
Q: What's the Environmental Impact?
A: Ethanol production has decreased its carbon footprint while increasing its energy efficiency, creating a greener and cleaner fuel. It also replaces toxic chemicals in gasoline that have been known to cause cancer and smog. The production and use of corn ethanol decreases greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to removing 20 million cars from the road each year.
Q: Where and How is Ethanol Made?
A: Ethanol is grown by Kansas corn farmers, and made into fuel at one of 12 Kansas ethanol plants.