CAN YOUR VEHICLE FLEX?
Whether you have a new model year vehicle, or you have a new-to-you vehicle, you should know if it can flex. The Renewable Fuels Association has released their updated chart of passenger vehicles that are FlexFuel compatible, meaning that you can fill up year-round with any ethanol blend from regular, unleaded E10 all the way up to E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent petroleum-based gasoline. The FlexFuel fleet is an important bridge to the fuels of the future. IL Corn is investing checkoff dollars in developing new fuels and engines that to be high efficiency and with an improved emissions profile, will require high-octane gasoline. Corn-based ethanol is the best option to provide octane.
More than 24 million vehicles on U.S. roads today are flex-fuel vehicles (FFV), capable of running on fuel blends containing up to 85 percent ethanol (E85). Can your vehicle use a cleaner, higher octane flex fuel? The Renewable Fuels Association has updated its annual FFV brochure to help consumers find out. The brochure compiles the FFV models available in the current model year (MY2019), as well as previous years going back as far as MY1998.
According to the brochure, for MY2019, Ford/Lincoln/Mercury led the pack with 12 FFV models available, followed by General Motors with 11 FFV models available and FCA (Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep) with five models. Additionally, automakers Mercedes-Benz offers two, while Nissan and Toyota each offer one. All of the data used in the brochure was collected directly from the automakers.
“There are now approximately 4,500 retail stations throughout the country that offer E85 or other ethanol flex-fuel blends, at least 500 more than last year and growing every week,” said RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White. “This new brochure will help educate consumers about FFV availability, putting them in the driver’s seat when it comes to fuel choice. E85 is a cleaner, higher octane fuel and more consumers are gaining access to the fuel every year,” he added.
Consumers can locate E85 stations to fuel their FFVs at E85prices.com, and also view what pricing experiences other users have reported.
RFA offers hard copies of the brochure to fuel retailers and member companies at no cost. To view a copy of the brochure, click here.