So you have a car, and would like to use cleaner-burning, American made renewable fuels? This section will help you determine which fuel(s) are right for your vehicle, and where you might be able to find them
The first thing to do when determining what fuel to use in your vehicle is to consult your owner’s manual. If this is not an option, or if you’d like to see if other options are available for you, simply follow the headings and links below to ensure you are using a safe, renewable, cleaner-burning biofuel blend that won’t break the bank.
Then Unleaded 88 is the right choice for you.
Unleaded 88/E15 is EPA-approved for all 2001 and newer passenger vehicles, SUVs, and light-duty trucks. Unleaded 88 is a blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. It contains just 5% more ethanol than the E10 blend typically used today, but provides greater savings, more octane, and virtually the same fuel economy.
To learn more about Unleaded 88, please click here.
For a list of Iowa retail stations offering Unleaded 88, please click here.
Do you drive a Flex-Fuel Vehicle (FFV)?
If you drive a flex-fuel vehicle, or FFV, there’s a range of options that work great for your vehicle–all the way from E10, or fuel containing 10% ethanol, to E85, or fuel containing up to 85% ethanol.
E85 has been on the market for almost 30 years. It has an octane rating of roughly 98. E85 also reduces emissions by more than 30% compared to regular gasoline. With over 24 million FFVs on the road today, they make up about 8% of the nation’s vehicle fleet.
If your vehicle is an FFV it will be noted in the owner’s manual or on the fuel cap. You can also consult this list of FFVs available in the U.S.
To learn more about E85 and higher ethanol blends, please click here.
To find out where you can find E85 near you, please click here.
Then biodiesel, a cleaner-burning, advanced biofuel, is the right choice for you.
You can purchase biodiesel in blends from B5, containing 5% biodiesel, all the way up to B20 or B50, containing 20% and 50% biodiesel, respectively.
Biodiesel provides greater engine lubricity which helps extend engine life and reduce maintenance costs, and it carries a higher cetane rating compared to petroleum diesel. It’s also cleaner-burning. In fact, the EPA estimates that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 57% to 86% compared to petroleum diesel.
To learn more about biodiesel, please click here.
To learn what biodiesel blends auto makers recommend for your vehicle, please click here.
To find a retail station near you offering biodiesel, please click here.