Ethanol Fuel: The Industry’s Newest Buzzword
The easiest way to think about ethanol fuel is that it’s just gasoline with ethyl alcohol added. The chemical name of ethanol is ethyl alcohol and it is also the active ingredient in alcoholic adult beverages. When you mix ethanol into gasoline, you get a fuel instead of an intoxicant. The amount of ethanol added to fuel varies but you can tell how much by the label. E10 ethanol fuel has 10% ethyl alcohol content and E85 Flex-Fuel has 85%. Most ethanol fuel used in the United States was made from corn. The major benefits of ethanol fuel include the reduced reliance on fossil fuels with harmful pollutants. Overall, as more Americans use ethanol fuel, it reduces our reliance on oil-producing nations economically and helps drivers do their part in protecting the environment.