Less expensive unleaded 88 can save drivers money as gas prices rise


FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WNCN) — Drivers like Wayne Burton fill their cars with 88 unleaded for $3.97 a gallon at Sheetz.

“I saw that it was cheap. I googled it to make sure it was safe to put in cars. I said okay. I usually get 22 mpg,” Burton said.

Unleaded 88 is better known as E-15. It contains up to 15% ethanol. It’s 5% more ethanol than regular unleaded, also known as E-10.

“I don’t think a lot of people know that. Honestly, I don’t see a lot of people using it,” Burton said.

E-15 is not normally sold between June and September. It can add smog in hot weather. However, the EPA lifted the restriction in April, after gasoline prices rose.

“The EPA says all 2001 and newer vehicles can fill one. So it’s just a slight deviation from what most Americans already put in their cars,” said Patrick De Haan, head of oil analysis at Gasbuddy.

He said most people don’t realize their vehicles are E-15 compatible.

“There is a couple. Only a few automakers still say they refuel with only E-10,” De Haan said.

There are between 2,300 and 2,800 gas stations across the country that sell E-15 and less than 100 of those stations are in North Carolina.

Due to demand which may soon change.

“If you see him appear at your locator station, don’t be surprised to see him,” De Haan said.

Burton said he was getting good gas mileage with it in his car. However, not with his mini van. You are advised to check your car’s manual before refueling on E-15.

To find a gas station with E-15 in North Carolina, go to Fuel Search | Get biofuel

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