More Minnesotans are filling up with E85 and other higher ethanol blends


Drivers filling up with E85 in 2014 are saving money at the pump.

Sales of E85 and other fuels blended with higher amounts of ethanol above the standard 10 percent continue to rise.

According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, 15 percent more E85 — a fuel blend of 15 percent regular gasoline and 85 percent homegrown ethanol — was sold the first seven months of 2014 compared to the same period last year.

So far in 2014, consumers have filled up with 7.2 million gallons of E85 compared to 6.23 million gallons last year.

Other higher ethanol blends saw a spike, too.

  • More than 92,500 gallons of E15 has been sold this year, already more than doubling 2013’s total.
  • E20 has seen an uptick with nearly 126,000 gallons sold.
  • Flex fuel vehicle owners filled up with almost 144,000 gallons of E30.

Demand for cleaner burning, homegrown and more affordable options at the pump has always existed. As more stations price E85 correctly — a gallon of E85 has costed 70 cents less, on average, than regular unleaded in 2014 — more drivers are using it.

Thanks to a broad coalition that included the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, the number of Minnesota fuel stations offering E15, E20 and E30 increased significantly in 2013-14 and will be increasing again in the very near future.

Now if Big Oil would stop blocking access to higher ethanol blends, even more consumers will be able to reap the benefits of ethanol fuel that’s better for the air we breathe and easier on our wallets.

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