Iowans Drive on E15

Joanna Schroeder

Since E15, a fuel blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, has been sold in Iowa, drivers have already successfully driven more than 125,000 thousand miles, or the equivalent of driving around the world five times. The first E15 station opened in Iowa about two months ago and E15 can be used in all vehicles 2001 or newer. This data tracks consumers using E15 in approved vehicles that are not flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs).

“E15 pricing and performance have started off great in Iowa,” said Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw. “Despite the oil industry’s efforts to scare retailers and consumers, E15 is starting to gain some traction here in Iowa, and consumers are beginning to realize the cost-saving and performance benefits of E15. One hundred and twenty-five thousands miles is more than five times around the world, but the E15 expedition is just getting started.”

Retailers wishing to offer Iowans the choice of E15 should contact the IRFA to learn about the many E15 incentives available and for assistance in complying with state and federal E15 guidelines.

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