Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from a variety of plant materials known as “biomass“.

Ethanol is a clear, colorless liquid, and has one of a group of compounds called “alcohols.” Hence its alternative name, “ethyl alcohol.” 



Ethanol is available as E85, which is a high-level ethanol blend. E85 fuel can be used in flexible fuel vehicles, which can run on high-level ethanol blends, gasoline, or any blend of these. Another blend, E15, has been approved for use in newer vehicles.

Fun Fact

More than 95% of gasoline sold in the United States contains ethanol in low volumes, up to 10%, to enhance octane and reduce air pollution.


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  • Better fuel economy
  • Ethanol has a higher octane number than gasoline, providing increased power and performance.