U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Clean Cities

EPA Grants E15 Waiver for Newer Vehicles

October 14, 2010

On October 13, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will waive a limitation on selling fuels that are more than 10% ethanol for cars and light trucks that are 2007 model year and newer.  The waiver applies to fuel that contains up to 15 percent ethanol – known as E15 – and represents the first of a number of actions that are needed from federal, state and industry towards commercialization of E15 gasoline blends.  EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson made the decision after a review of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) extensive testing and other available data on E15’s impact on engine durability and emissions.  A decision on E15 use in older model cars and trucks will be made after further DOE testing.  For more information on this waiver, visit EPA's Web site.