The Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of E15 (gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol) for model year 2007 and newer cars and light-duty trucks is a step toward strengthening America’s commitment to home-grown energy, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
“Ethanol is a clean-burning, home-grown renewable fuel. Increasing the percentage of ethanol in the domestic gasoline supply moves our nation one step closer to greater energy independence,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “It also promotes job creation in rural America.”
The decision announced by EPA Wednesday applies to 43 million vehicles or about 20 percent of the current U.S. duty fleet. A second decision by EPA on the use of E15 (for model year 2001 to 2006 cars and light-duty trucks) will be made after additional Department of Energy testing is completed toward the end of the year. A total of 86 million cars/light-duty trucks or about 54 percent of all vehicles on the road today are model year 2001 to 2006.