Filling up your car is a necessary part of your normal routine. You need to get from point A to point B, and to do that you must have fuel. It’s a near-automatic process that most people don’t even think about – but we believe it’s important to stop and consider what you’re putting into your tank.
Ethanol is a renewable biofuel that reduces greenhouse gas and other harmful emissions. It is blended into gasoline to boost octane while displacing harmful chemicals, and currently 97 percent of the gasoline sold in the U.S. includes 10 percent ethanol. It’s an advanced biofuel that keeps our air clean, our engines running smoothly, and our wallets happy.
Ethanol is a naturally high-octane fuel that helps boost engine performance. The higher octane content helps engines create more horsepower and speed, and also allows for the design of more fuel-efficient engines. Ethanol is a cleaner burning fuel, and when the mix of air and fuel is correct in an engine, a cleaner burn will generate maximum power from every drop of fuel. This cleaner burn also means that tailpipe exhaust will contain less carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons – harmful toxins and greenhouse gas emissions. Ethanol also promotes less wear and moisture in an engine by keeping engine components cleaner and being able to safely absorb some water and keep fuel dry.
American Ethanol partners use and support ethanol not only because it delivers winning performance on the race track, drift course, or offshore powerboat run, but because they know that biofuels are a smart choice that benefits the environment, our country, and families everywhere.
Ethanol cuts carbon emissions by an average of 43 percent, and ethanol production and use is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 110 million metric tons every year! It also displaces harmful carcinogens and toxins in gasoline that are known to cause things like cancer, smog, and groundwater contamination. Amazing advances are being made in cellulosic biofuel production which creates biofuel from things like plant waste, wood, and grasses, representing potential for even greater environmental benefits. Biofuels like ethanol are cleaning the air we breathe and promoting a healthier environment every day.
Ethanol also helps drivers save money on fuel and promotes consumer choice and competition at the pump. E15, fuel blended with 15 percent American ethanol can save drivers up to $0.10 per gallon.
Meanwhile, ethanol is produced here in the United States and has strengthened and revitalized the American heartland. Every truckload of American ethanol displaces more than 60 barrels of imported oil, improving our energy independence as a country.
There is a wealth of information out there about the many benefits of biofuels. Next time you need to fill up your car, we encourage you to think about what you want to put in your tank, and what that choice means. Just by making a small lifestyle change like choosing E15 or other higher blends, you can get more octane, promote a healthier environment, and save money. Take a look today to find your nearest E15 or E85 station!