Gevo Enters On-Road Market

Joanna Schroeder

gevoGevo’s isobutanol is now being sold for use in vehicles in the Houston area. According to the company, this is the first time its fuel has been specifically targeted for on-road automobiles. In the past, the isobutanol has been marketed to marinas and the aviation industry. The fuel is being marketed by Musket Corporation, Gevo’s Houston market distributor. Entering into the transportation fuel market is a way, says Gevo, to offset seasonal industries such as boating.

Buc-ee’s chain of rest stops is the first retailer to sell the blend. Gevo says the retailer is marketing the fuel as a high-performance ethanol free gasoline and that the 12.5 percent blend of isobutanol and gasoline is attractive to drivers who are looking for high-performance fuel alternatives.

In June 2016, Gevo announced a agreement with Musket, part of the Love brand, to supply isobutanol for blending with gas. Initially the two companies set the target markets for the fuel blend as Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

“Isobutanol-blended fuel is a new paradigm for biofuels because it combines high performance and sustainability,” said Dr. Patrick Gruber, Chief Executive Officer of Gevo. “We’ve established this in the aviation and boating markets and are now bringing it to on-road transportation. It’s important for us to be working with established brands like Musket and Buc-ee’s to deliver a new high performance gasoline to end customers, and we look forward to seeing this business grow.”