Consumers & Triple AAA concerned about Ethanol 15
Ethanol 15 concerns
Consumers & Triple AAA concerned about Ethanol 15 Not currently sold in Idaho. Ethanol free is only available at a few gas stations now. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Gas stations in the United States are now selling gasoline with 15 percent ethanol in it, approved by the EPA.
Consumers, gas station owners and Triple AAA of Idaho though, say they don't like it. Some consumers are still unhappy about the current amount of ethanol in our gasoline, which can be up to 10 percent.
Even the EPA warns that the ethanol 15 is not safe for vehicles older than 2001 and it's not safe for small engines. That includes everything from lawnmowers to jet ski's. Which is why a lot of people are saying they don't want it at all.
“It's ridiculous. I would not put a drop of ethanol in my car unless I was stranded out in the desert somewhere,” said Bob Nelson, who was gassing up at the Phillips 66 on Overland.
That really sums up how some consumers feel about putting fuel with ethanol in their cars. They don’t like the current blend, and say they really wouldn’t like a 15 percent blend. Bob Nelson says it would ruin his baby. That's why he'll only fill it up here at the Phillips 66.
Where there is zero ethanol in the gas.
“It would not only gum up the carb, fuel pump, everything would go bottoms up on that thing if I used ethanol,” said Nelson.
Joe Keller feels the same way.
“For better gas mileage and I think, I've been told, that the gas is better for my engine,” said Joe Keller, who does not like Ethanol fuel.
E-15 is not available in Idaho, but it could be coming. Now that the EPA has approved it's use.
E-10 is the kind of blend currently sold in Idaho. Mechanics say, ethanol in any amount, 5,10 or 15 percent isn't good for motorcycles, snowmobiles, lawnmowers and most small engines. Plus, any vehicles built before 2001. In fact, Triple AAA’s engineers say ethanol 15 is bad for all engines.
“This 15 percent blend are the norm in Idaho and yet we're going to buy into the epa claims that this 15 percent blend is just perfect and it's what we need, we don't agree.
To keep this in context, consumers, auto manufacturers and even the stores that will sell it are not on board with ethanol.
“I like the idea of not having ethanol in my gas,” said Keller.
And Triple AAA couldn't agree more.
“Less than 5 percent of cars, are suited for the use of E-15 without engine damage, voiding warranties,” said Dave Carlson, Triple AAA spokesperson.
Just to be clear, you don't have to worry about e-15 in Idaho for now.
However if you're looking for clean gasoline, the Phillips 66 on Overland and their other store on Fairview and Locust Grove are the only pumps in the valley you can get it.
Though if you want to take a scenic drive, there’s Dan's Ferry, which is just south of Nampa.