What Cars Can Use E85?
E85 is a fuel blend that consists of gasoline and ethanol. Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from corn or sugarcane. E85 is an alternative to traditional gasoline and has been gaining popularity over the past few years. Many drivers are curious about whether their car can use E85. Here we will take a closer look at the types of cars that can use E85.
Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs)
The most popular type of car that can use E85 is a Flexible Fuel Vehicle or FFV. These cars are designed to run on E85, gasoline, or any combination of the two. Most major car manufacturers have made FFVs, so the choice of models available for consumers is large. FFVs have an E85-compatible engine, fuel system, and sensor that automatically adjusts the fuel-to-air ratio based on what type of fuel is being used.
Non-FFVs are vehicles that are not specifically designed to run on E85 but can still use the fuel. These cars can use E85, but they were not built with an engine that is specifically tuned for E85. When these cars use E85, they may experience slightly reduced fuel economy or performance. In some cases, drivers may not even notice a difference when switching from gasoline to E85. Non-FFVs should only use E85 if there is an E85 fueling station nearby and the car is rated to use E85. Using E85 in a non-FFV that is not rated for it can cause damage to the engine.
How to Determine if Your Car Can Use E85
To determine if your car can use E85, look for the following clues:
- Your car is a model year 2006 or newer
- Your car has a yellow gas cap or a sticker on the fuel door that says “E85” or “Ethanol”
- Your car’s owner’s manual says the car can use E85
- You can check online using the Alternative Fueling Station Locator to find E85 stations near you
In conclusion, E85 is a fuel blend that is gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional gasoline. While the most popular type of car that can use E85 is a Flexible Fuel Vehicle, many non-FFVs can also use the fuel. It is important to check your car’s owner’s manual and to look for clues such as a yellow gas cap or a sticker on the fuel door to determine if your car can use E85. If your car is not rated for E85, it is important not to use the fuel as it can cause damage to the engine.