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New type of fuel coming to a gas station near you? AAA warns consumers

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There's something new coming to gas pumps. It's called E-15 gasoline. It contains 15 percent corn-based ethanol and 85 percent gasoline.

The the travel organization AAA wants the Environmental Protection Agency to stop the sale of it because it warns the new blend could damage cars and void warranties.

Only a handful of stations sell the fuel in the Carolinas. Industry leaders say more retailers are expected to start selling it within the next year.

New stickers on gas pumps say E15 is safe in virtually all 2001 or newer model cars, trucks, SUVs and Flex Fuel Vehicles.

But AAA wants better signage to prevent mis-fueling and possible damage. E-15 should not be used in older cars, trucks, motorcycles and off-road vehicles like boats. It also is not for use in equipment like lawnmowers or chainsaws.

"Our concern is that consumers aren't educated enough about E15..we did a survey and found only 15 percent of people had heard about it before," Angela Daley with AAA Carolinas said.

In a phone interview with Growth Energy CEO Tom Buris, Buis said "Never before has any fuel been as widely tested as E-15...the EPA and the Department of Energy conducted the most extensive tests ever and they put 6 million miles on these vehicles in tests without any problems number one to the engine and number two, to the engine emissions' systems."

Buis points to a cost savings at the pump of between 7 to 15 cents, a decreased dependence on foreign oil and cleaner energy.

For the past two years, the company has worked with NASCAR - an industry using E-15 and says they've seen increased horse power and fuel mileage.

"All our data shows a lot more awareness...and once it gets out and people understand what a great fuel it is and a great savings it is, you'll see a wider spread of adoption," Buis said.


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