A Phillips 66 gas-station in Kansas is the first in the U.S. to offer gas with a 15 percent blend of ethanol – aka E15 – to non-flex fuel vehicles, the New York Times reports.
The station will have a formal opening next week. The Phillips 66 is located in Lawrence, KS, about 15 miles west of Kansas City and home to the famed University of Kansas Jayhawks.
Drivers will be able to use a blender pump that will serve blends ranging from 10 percent (i.e., the current standard) to 85 percent ethanol. E15 buyers will be required to purchase at least four gallons at a time – a clever move that local regulators are using to prevent owners of lawnmowers, chainsaws and other smaller motorized devices from fueling up, according to the Times.
The legalization of selling E15 to newer vehicles has been controversial. Ethanol advocates say E15 will reduce dependency on foreign oil while supporting more U.S. industries. Opponents have questioned whether E15 has been adequately tested in vehicles and say the fuel's higher alcohol content may damage engines. The EPA officially approved E15 for sale last month.