AVOID This Gasoline or Face THOUSANDS in Repair Costs

President Biden has announced his efforts to save drivers money at the pump in conjunction with helping the environment as he requested the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to approve the use of E-15 fuel nationwide.

The White House released a Fact Sheet indicating that the EPA, will be taking the appropriate steps to allow the temporary use of E15, an Ethanol Gasoline mixture, as soon as the upcoming summer months. 

The purpose behind the use of E15 is decreasing cost per gallon, since the national average gas price continues to sit at about $4.19 per gallon. With E15, the hope is that the price will reduce about 10 cents per gallon on average.

The White House ensures that the choice of allowing the sale of E15 was the “latest step in expanding Americans’ access to affordable fuel supply and bringing relief to Americans suffering from Putin’s Price Hike at the pump.”

When former President Trump was in office, the EPA had approved a waiver to use E15 back in 2019, however the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the rule in 2020 due to the fact that E15 fuel contributes tremendously to pollution.

However, the most pressing concern facing drivers will not be the potential change in pollution levels as a result of E15, instead it will be the potential loss of thousands of additional dollars due to necessary expenses as a byproduct of using the E15 fuel.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) explains that drivers will be provided the most miles per gallon with pure gasoline. That being said, pure gasoline is typically replaced by E10, which reduces miles per gallon by about 3-4%. With E15, drivers can expect to have their miles per gallon reduced about 4-5%, which means that you’ll need to fill up more often and draw more fossil fuels long-term.

The most shocking concern is the potential cost of wear and tear to the vehicle, sometimes even vehicles completely failing due to the use of E15.

AAA reported that everyone with a car older than 2012 should avoid purchasing E15 fuel, since older model cars are not equipped to handle high levels of ethanol. Depending on the ethanol content, there is a greater likelihood of corrosion to certain metals and plastic surfaces of parts.

“While AAA supports the integration of alternative fuels into the nation’s fuel supply, additional data is needed on the potential impact associated with the use of E15 gasoline over time on the country’s vehicle fleet,” said AAA Vice President of Public Affairs Kathleen Marvaso.

There are a whole host of potential side effects of using E15 in a vehicle including degradation of engine operability in cold start-up conditions, shortening the expected life of a catalytic converter, and reduced fuel efficiency that could increase emissions. So while at face value E15 appears cheaper, long-term it will substantially increase costs for drivers.

Additionally, about ten car manufacturers, including Honda, Kia, Mercedes Benz, and Ford, no longer cover fuel-related claims for E-15, as E-15 now voids warranties.

Fortunately, the number of new cars approved for E15 has increased since 2019. BMW, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Mazda, and Volvo are among the holdouts who have not manufactured a FlexFuel engine in most of their fleets. A few Mercedes models are available as FlexFuel models, which can use up to E85.

This is a sign to start acting vigilant and cautious when considering whether to use E15.


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