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E15 Approved by Automakers in Two Thirds of New Vehicles

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An analysis of new vehicle warranty statements by the Renewable Fuels Association found automakers approve of E15 use in approximately two-thirds of new vehicles. Based on the latest vehicle sales and market share data, nearly 63 percent of 2015 model year vehicles have approval by their manufacturers for E15. When coupled with expected flex-fuel vehicle production, it is estimated that E15 will be allowed in close to 70 percent of 2015 model year vehicles. Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dineen stated the analysis “should send a clear message to the EPA and Congress that E15 is here to stay.”

The analysis also found that Honda Motor Company has extended E15 warranty coverage to all models in 2015 and all Toyota models in 2015 include explicit E15 approval, up from just a fraction of Toyota models in 2014. Further, they found General Motors approves the use of E15 in all models for the fourth year in a row as Ford does the same for the third year in a row.  Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, and Volkswagen also expressly approved the use of E15 in their 2015 models. The Chrysler Group did not approve E15 use in its owner’s manuals.

Source: NAFB News Service