American families have selected 15 percent ethanol (E15) to fuel over 25 billion miles driven because it is a lower cost, higher octane option at the dispenser, saving drivers up to $0.10 per gallon.
If the entire nation moved to E15 year-round, we would save $12.2 billion in fuel savings each year.
Moving to nationwide E15 would also create demand for an additional 2.4 billion bushels of corn annually, which would provide an economic lift for rural America.
Clean, renewable biofuels support over 400,000 U.S. jobs, and moving to a nationwide adoption of E15 would create an additional 182,600.
Ethanol helps reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and expanding access to higher blends like E15 will provide consumers with a lower cost, lower carbon fuel option.
American ethanol protects U.S. energy security and shields consumers from global oil markets dominated by exporters in the Middle East and Russia.
Ethanol displaces the gasoline produced from more than 700 million barrels of oil every year.
Since the Renewable Fuel Standard was enacted in 2005, America’s crude oil imports have dropped almost 50 percent.
A 2021 analysis by the Rhodium group found that biofuels are a mainstay for any climate strategy looking to attain net zero emissions by 2050.
Low-carbon biofuels like ethanol reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 46 percent compared to gasoline.
Moving to a nationwide standard of E15 would reduce CO2 emissions by more than 17.62 million tons — the equivalent of taking 3.85 million cars off the road each year.
Beyond cars on the road, biofuels have the potential to decarbonize hard to electrify sectors, including the aviation sector through the production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel.
The biofuel industry is also incentivizing better conservation and sustainable agriculture practices to lower carbon emissions and is leading the way on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage capabilities (CCUS). CCUS reduces ethanol’s carbon intensity by 25-30 points.
Increased blends of ethanol means less pollution and healthier communities. A study by the University of California Riverside found that ethanol blends reduce toxic emissions by up to 50 percent, including smog and ultra-fine particulates. Clean-burning biofuels help lower toxic tailpipe emissions — including carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and toxic chemicals — resulting in cleaner air and a healthier environment.
Ethanol is the best available source of octane. It is the cleanest, most affordable high-octane fuel on the market. It provides a superior octane boost without the carcinogens associated with other fuel additives.
Americans trust it in their cars, having driven over 25 billion miles using E15.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved E15 fuel for cars made in model year 2001 and newer — more than 96 percent of cars on the road.