E15

Higher Quality at a Lower Price

We know Americans are looking for more competition and greater savings for the fuel that powers their vehicles. That’s why E15 was created to provide an even cleaner and more affordable fuel for Americans at the pump. E15 is a high–quality fuel that contains 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol and after debuting at a single Kansas retail station in 2012, E15 has spread rapidly and is now sold in over half the country. RFA estimates that nearly 97 percent of the registered vehicles on the road today are legally approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use E15, and almost half of those vehicles also carry the manufacturer’s endorsement to use E15.

E15 is Safe and Economical

E15 has proven itself as a safe, economical and popular alternative to gasoline. It is estimated that American drivers have logged over a billion miles on the fuel, taking advantage of its affordable price and its environmental benefits. Manufacturers responsible for 95 percent of U.S. light-duty vehicle sales unequivocally approve the use of E15 in their model year 2020 automobiles. BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen, Subaru, Hyundai and Kia all provide warranty coverage for E15.

E15 is not recommended for motorcycles and vehicles made before 2001, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles.  Off-road vehicles, such as boats and snowmobiles, all off-road equipment, including lawnmowers and chainsaws, and vehicles with heavy-duty engines should use other alternatives as well. 

For more information, please see the RFA Automobile Fact Sheet for E15and the RFA FAQ Sheet for E15that address fuel economy, the testing of E15, and other frequently asked questions. You may also view RFA’s recent analysis of vehicle warranty statements here.