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E15 Gas Warning Label Coming Soon To Pumps Near You, Maybe

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Proposed EPA E15 gasoline pump warning label for ethanol content

Proposed EPA E15 gasoline pump warning label for ethanol content

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They're not pretty, but they should catch your attention.

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency issued its design for a warning label to be placed on so-called pumps that dispense the new gasoline blend, which contains a higher ethanol content.

Although the legal status of E15 gasoline may be in some doubt, the EPA is moving forward with plans to roll out the sticker in time to catch the tail end of this summer's driving season.

The label is to warn drivers who fill up that the new blend of gasoline, containing 15 percent ethanol, is to be used in cars built in 2001 or later.

Vehicles built before that, along with boats and all small gasoline engines, have not been approved to use E15, and should stick with the existing E10 gasoline blend that has been in effect since 1978.

More than 150 million vehicles are now on the road from 2001 and later, and they consume more than three-quarters of all gasoline sold in the U.S. Within three years, the EPA says, that amount will rise to 85 percent.

Some gas stations may install new tanks to hold only E15 gasoline; others may install more complex so-called "blender pumps," which mix gasoline and ethanol in various ratios to produce either E10 or E15.

So, be on the lookout this summer if you're driving a car from 2000 or earlier. Make sure the gas you buy is right for you.

[EPA via Detroit News]

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Comments (5)
  1. I'm curious what the price difference will be to E10 I'm right on the bubble I'm not sure if I would go for it if it was offered unless there was at least some sort of savings like 10 or 15 cents a gallon...
     
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  2. It's not about savings. It is about breathing clean air.
     
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  3. I agree with that. But at the same time I'd rather have more E85 than E15. A lot of consumers base choices on price rather than reduced emissions...
     
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  4. Wait, how is this going to work? The current gas stations offer three types of gasoline
    1) regular unleaded
    2) Unleaded +
    3) Unleaded premium.

    Will all three of these be offered as E15? Or will it switch to

    1) Unleaded E15
    2) Unleaded E10
    3) Premium E10

    Surely most gas stations will not add an additional tanks for E10, never mind three additional tanks for the three different octane ratings of E10.
     
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  5. What is the point of the mid grade? A little more octane. E15 gives you more octane than E10. A good replacement for the unleaded +.
     
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