A Phillips 66 gas-station in Kansas is the first in the U.S. to offer gas with a 15 percent blend of ethanol – aka E15 – to non-flex fuel vehicles, the New York Times reports.

The station will have a formal opening next week. The Phillips 66 is located in Lawrence, KS, about 15 miles west of Kansas City and home to the famed University of Kansas Jayhawks.

Drivers will be able to use a blender pump that will serve blends ranging from 10 percent (i.e., the current standard) to 85 percent ethanol. E15 buyers will be required to purchase at least four gallons at a time – a clever move that local regulators are using to prevent owners of lawnmowers, chainsaws and other smaller motorized devices from fueling up, according to the Times.

The legalization of selling E15 to newer vehicles has been controversial. Ethanol advocates say E15 will reduce dependency on foreign oil while supporting more U.S. industries. Opponents have questioned whether E15 has been adequately tested in vehicles and say the fuel's higher alcohol content may damage engines. The EPA officially approved E15 for sale last month.


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      arenadood
      • 2 Years Ago
      One major problem with alcohol in gasoline is that you get less mileage per gallon.
        IVAN
        • 2 Years Ago
        @arenadood
        That is true, but you can make up some of that loss from the higher compression you can run the engine at. Higher compression makes more power, hence a smaller engine can be used, or a turbo charger to raise the power output.
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Over all ethanol as a fuel is a joke. First it takes more energy to produce ethanol than the energy one gets from the ethanol. Secondly the heating value of ethanol is less than gasoline, thus the more ethanol in the fuel the less mileage one will get from the fuel. Finally if we have a couple of years of drought food prices will go up sharply as corn normally used for food or feed will be used for fuel.
        reddeath303
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        actually ethanol is very cheap to make and you can buy a still online and make it yourself for about 75 cents a gallon. the reason it is so expensive is the oil companies buy it all up driving up the demand wich in turns raises the price. a friend of mine worked on a port in elizabeth nj for a year building storage tanks for ethanol. ten, one million gallon tanks.( i think it was hess but not sure) so they could buy all the ethanol they could to keep the price up to a comparable price with gasoline. then almost forcing the gov;t to include 10% ethanol into the gas we have now.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        If American companies stopped adding Corn Syrup to EVERYTHING, not only would we never have to worry about a shortage of Corn, but we would stop being a nation of Fat a$$es as well. Corn for chickens - corn for CARS - Corn on the cob for BBQs.Otherwise, we are just "fueling" the obesity epidemic.
      jaytee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't trust your engine with it, let a bunch of suckers work out the bugs first.
      Ronnie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I get 4-5 mpg less in my 5.3 engine with E-10!! Plus, who is the smart one that decided to put our food source in our gas tank!!! It's all for poltics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        mt1975
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ronnie
        Ya and what is going up this year cause of the draught, gee wasn't it CORN, now let's use the source responsible for 75% of our food supply to fuel our vehicles, really genius, Gotta love them republicans and their stupid ideas.
          hony53
          • 1 Month Ago
          @mt1975
          How about ALL the dumba.. "Congresspersons"? They ALL s..k.
        Kent
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Ronnie
        I had a Olds Intrigue with the 3.8L V-6. Frankly, my mileage didn't vary much over .5mpg, between driving in the Chicago area (E-10) or Indiana, southern Illinois, northern Wisconsin, or Michigan (100% gas). It's pretty much the same with my Chevy Malibu with a 3.6L V-6.
        karmarind
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ronnie
        All cars do, Fortunately, here is South Carolina, we can chose E10 or Pure gas for 25-30 cents more. I use the pure gas and none of my four vehicles have emissions/ check engine issues until 400 miles from home. Then when I am in the North East with E10 and oxygenated I get check engine lights, stumbling, missing until I get back to South Carolina. True Story.
      PR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow! What right-wing inbreeding website linked to this article? The stupid suddenly got super deep!
      ctc1066
      • 2 Years Ago
      By the way correlate the price of corn to the introduction of e10 then overlay the price of beef, dog food, and the general consumer food price index. All are through the roof. we still send the same amount of money overseas for oil because ethanol reduces gas mileage by an average of 14% in cars manufactured before 2002 and 11% in cars between 2003 and 2010. Cars manufactured since 2011 see a reduction of about 6%. E15 increaes the differential by an additional 35% and will push food for people and feed stock for cattle and hogs up by a whooping 12%. Add the drought and food will be so expensive this year .
        PR
        • 1 Month Ago
        @ctc1066
        ctc -- You are exactly wrong. Ethanol production in the United States follows a nearly straight line of increases year after year. Corn commodity prices rise and fall like a see-saw up and down with zero correlation to ethanol production numbers. Corn and other food commodity prices match up much closer to the prices of gasoline and crude oil commodities. This is because the costs of growing and transporting corn is highly dependent upon the cost of fuel. The blame lies in the price of oil, rising minimum wages, and many other factors, not on ethanol. You clearly have never actually overlayed ethanol production graphs over food commodity costs. Food commodity prices are only 14% of the typical products on grocery store shelves. For food prices to go up by 12%, raw commodity prices would have to nearly double! Nobody is projecting food commodity prices will double due to the drought. Stop the madness.
      • 2 Years Ago
      corn normally grows like weeds in America , I guess most of you feel it is better to buy oil from the Arabs to give them more resources to blow us up ! besides America has more oil than any other country , we just horde it ! I guess so when everyone else runs out we will have it all ! Lol , so in the mean time , just continue to make us all pay through the nose !
        • 1 Month Ago
        The US isn't "dependent" on foreign oil. That is a huge misconception that the media has gotten American's to believe. The reality is that we actually produce enough here in the states to provide for our needs here in the States. The problem is that the Oil companies make more money by shipping US Crude overseas. The reason we are "paying through the nose" is because of the speculators on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange who have been reaping the rewards of having donated all that money to the Obama campaign back in 2008. It's why they've been able to keep gas prices over $3/gal for 18+ months without Obama allowing the SEC to investigate them.
          PR
          • 1 Month Ago
          Jeremy -- The oil market is global. If OPEC cuts production like they did in the 70's, the United States wouldn't be able to get enough oil from global sources to meet our demands. This would lead to gas rationing, gas shortages, explosive price spikes, and long lines at gas stations just like in the 1970's. This is what people mean when they say the US is dependent on foreign oil.
      troofdetector12
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here we are using food for fuel. Another stupid government mistake.
      kragic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hi: How are you this VERY HOT evening?? Hugs & Kisses xoxoxoxoxoxoxox
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ah, since I very seldom drive in the US (And never in my own car) the issue of engine wear doesn't concern me. However, I curious as to why anyone would go to all that trouble to prevent usage in lawnmowers, chainsaws and other smaller motorized devices, from filling up if that was the owners choice ? Surely if the product is clearly labelled 'E 15' (or what ever blend) that's then up to the customer's choice to do whatever he wants with his purchase? If ol' Ralph, the tree feller, want's to fill up his chainsaw on E fuel, and it harms the chainsaw, that's no one's business but Ralph's ?!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marcopolo
        Because some Americans are too ignorant to pay attention to the fact that ethanol will eat the diaphragms out of the carburetors of their small engines.....
        American Refugee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marcopolo
        It's no different then having different size nozzles for diesel and gasoline. If good design or practice can prevent a bone-headed mistake, then why not? Not everyone on the planet follows this stuff as close as we do. E-15 is probably a meaningless term to the vast majority of gas consumers.
          Greg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @American Refugee
          carney, is E10 forced on us? (BTW, the answer is "yes.") Since this passed, it is likely only a matter of time until E10 is as hard to find as E0 is currently.
          carney373
          • 2 Years Ago
          @American Refugee
          EVNerd, no one forced E15 on anyone. The ethanol industry ASKED the EPA to grant gas stations PERMISSION to sell it IF THE GAS STATIONS WANT TO. The EPA then exhaustively studied the issue and proved beyond doubt that E15 is harmless in any car made since 2000, so it had no legal or regulatory reason to forbid E15.
          EVnerdGene
          • 2 Years Ago
          @American Refugee
          Here's how to give E15 to the a-holes that forced it to us: http://www.ehow.com/how_2095217_take-enema.html
      • 2 Years Ago
      need some
      tony
      • 2 Years Ago
      There goes the price of corn for another hike.The drought has hit the corn producers hard and now the Ethnaol industry will dry up supply for the food stuff.
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