• Jun 10th 2011 at 5:01PM
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The Obama administration has reportedly approved a pump label to warn drivers that they are about to fuel their vehicles with E15 (gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol content).

Back in October of 2010, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the use of E15, it set off a wave of criticism that drivers would have trouble at the pump discerning which fuel was suitable for their vehicles. To remedy the situation, the EPA issued an orange warning label that will be applied to pumps.

Now that the new label has been approved, E15 could be available nationwide by the end of September. However, the EPA has to officially register E15 before it can be sold and this doesn't mean that E10 gasoline, which has been widely used throughout the U.S. for years, will vanish any time soon. It's believed that many gas stations will continue to sell E10, rather than investing in separate E15 storage tanks and pumps. E15 is currently approved for use in Model Year 2001 and newer vehicles.

Note: We're still digging around for an image of the EPA's updated E15 warning label. The one pictured is a draft version.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Turbo charging solves the power loss and efficiency loss problems. Saab has an E85 engine made specifically for ethanol use that is both efficient and powerful and small. Corn Ethanol is the first step into the foray of bio-fuels. When Cellulosic Bio-Butanol can utilize the vast quantities of bio-mass that the northwest can provide, clean low impact fuel can be a small portion of the puzzle where our energy is going to come from and you won't be able to tell the difference. Except your air will be cleaner and we won't be extracting the poisonous stuff we pump out of the ground.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ETHANOL higher evaporative emissions and alcohol is making some weird new compounds - may take years to determine the damage (like with MTBE)
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a brain-dead move, E15 gas. It destroys the fuel systems of almost any car made before '07, takes more energy to produce than regular gasoline, gives less energy back which results in worse mileage, and encourages other corn-based crap in our lives like corn syrup instead of sugar in every freaking thing in a store.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As far as im concerned, nobody need this fuel, it has less power and economically it's dumping from the food business dictated by obama, bush, staline, hitler, and HARPER from canada.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've been using E85 in my 2001 Jeep Wrangler for about 20,000 miles and I love it, and the price ... I'm all for American fuel... at least until I can get my Nissan LEAF...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought it was for 1990+ cars, then it was 2000+ and now only from 2007 ????? Can't they make up their mind?
      Richard Gozinya
      • 4 Years Ago
      That ethanol's some nasty stuff. I know at least Ducati has had problems with it wrecking their fuel tanks, don't know if other makes have had the same issues. Something really creepy about a substance that'll mess up something designed to contain the already fairly toxic gasoline.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can someone tell me the difference, under the hood between a 2006 model and a 2007?
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