You can still buy ethanol free gas

Contrary to what you might believe there are still a few gas stations selling ethanol free gasoline in the U.S. and Canada.

Sonny's gas station sales ethanol free fuel. Photo by Chris Hall

Ethanol is a high-octane motor fuel that is produced from grain alcohol. 100% ethanol is not used as a motor fuel; instead, a percentage of ethanol is combined with unleaded gasoline. The most common blends are:

E10 – 10% ethanol and 90% unleaded gasoline

E85 – 85% ethanol and 15% unleaded gasoline

0% ethanol and 100% unleaded gasoline would be classified as E0.

The American Coalition for Ethanol says ethanol is a cleaner burning fuel, and using it reduces our dependency on foreign oil.

The Demand Ethanol Free Premium Unleaded Gasoline argues that ethanol can damage the engines of our cars, reduces gas mileage because it contains less energy and cost more to buy at the pump and produce.

Currently only six states; Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon and Washington, required E10 blended fuel to be mandatory at gas stations. For the rest of the country, even though it is not mandatory most gas stations sell E10 blended fuel. The simplest reason is oil companies mass-produce ethanol blended fuel and ship it to most of their gas stations across the country.

Short of driving around town to every gas station, the best way to find ethanol free fuel is to search online. A couple of good websites to start with is pure-gas.org and BuyRealGas.com. Both allow you to search by state and produce maps to help you find the gas station.

Reference

American Coalition for Ethanol
Demand Ethanol Free Premium Unleaded Gasoline
Ethanol: Myths and Realities
pure-gas.org – List of ethanol free gas stations
BuyRealGas.com – Find ethanol free gas near you!

About Chris Hall
Hi, I'm Chris, also know as Daddy from the blog "The Adventures of Jaydon and Daddy." I am a stay-at-home dad who loves spending time with my son Jaydon. In my spare time I work evenings and weekends at the Charleston County Library. Be sure to check out our blog, "The Adventures of Jaydon and Daddy."

One Response to You can still buy ethanol free gas

  1. stopethanol says:

    “Currently only six states; Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon and Washington, required E10 blended fuel to be mandatory at gas stations.”

    This statement is incorrect. I know of no mandatory E10 law in Georgia. Please cite the statute.

    Washington doe not have a mandatory E10 law, it has a mandatory 2% volumetric law which has been completely swamped by the federal RFS mandate in EISA 2007 which is NOT a mandatory E10 law but is having the unintended consequences of being one. In the last legislative session Washington tried to repeal its useless law, to no avail.

    Hawaii was the second state to pass a mandatory E10 law, but it now has a major revision to protect its marine industry and there have been efforts to repeal it, although I can find no record that it has been repealed.

    Both Montana and Pennsylvania have dormant E10 laws that have never triggered and probably never will.

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