Ethanol is the lowest cost, highest octane fuel additive available to refiners and gasoline marketers today. Consumers will benefit from more competition and greater savings as E15 use expands. EPA has approved the use of E15 gas for 9 out of 10 cars on the road today. Auto makers provide full warranty coverage for E15 fuel for more than 95% of 2020 vehicles being sold today.
On May 31, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at the direction of President Trump, issued a final rule allowing retailers to sell E15 gas year-round in all parts of the country. This action removed an unnecessary regulatory barrier to E15 commercialization and provided American drivers with options at the pump and access to environmentally-friendly fuels. Indeed, as a result of EPA’s action, E15 sales have grown significantly, to more than 450 million gallons in 2019.
The growth in E15 has been fueled by a more than 10% increase in retail stations offering E15. Today, E15 stations number near 2,000 and E15 sales now outpace E85 sales across the country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced an aggressive infrastructure incentive program to encourage additional fuel marketers to adopt E15. As a result, the Renewable Fuels Association is extremely confident E15 sales will grow exponentially in the future.