Alternative Fuels: E85 Ethanol
E85 is a nominal blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline that is an alternative fuel for automobiles. The actual ethanol content of E85 can vary depending upon the month of the year and geographical location, and may be as little as 70 percent ethanol. E85 is used in flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs). The Board approved the alternative fuel specifications, including E-85 Fuel Ethanol, by adopting Resolution 92-9 at a public hearing on March 12, 1992. The Executive Officer subsequently issued Executive Order G-775, adopting several sections including 2292.4, Title 13, California Code of Regulations. The growing use of E85 has prompted a review of the specifications which have not been updated since originally adopted.
Annual E85 Volumes
Annual E85 Volumes based on Reported Test Program Exemption Data
Specifications for E85 Ethanol
- E85 and Flexible Fuel Vehicles Fact Sheet - California Air Resources Board
- Freedom Car and Vehicle Technologies Program Just the Basics - U.S. Department of Energy
- Clean Cities Program Flexible Fuel Vehicles - U.S. Department of Energy
Alternative Fuels Data Center - U.S. Department of Energy - The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) provides information, data, and tools to help fleets and other transportation decision makers find ways to reach their energy and economic goals through the use of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, and other fuel-saving measures.
- Flexible Fuel Vehicles
- Handbook for Handling, Storing, and Dispensing E85
- Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicle Data Center
- Clean Cities Program
- Renewable Fuel Standard Program - E85 Fuel - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Drive Clean California - Search for E85 vehicles and learn more about E85 fuel
- Letter to Local Air District Air Pollution Control Officers regarding E85 and vapor recovery
- CA State Water Resources Control Board's Storage Tanks Program
- Ethanol as Oxygenate - California Air Resources Board
Archived Meetings & Workshops
|Date||Description & Materials|
|September 8, 2010|
CARB Fuels Workshop in Sacramento, California from 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. to discuss updates to the E85 Specifications, amendments to the CaRFG regulations, and an E10 certification fuel.
|April 15, 2010|
CARB Fuels Workshop in Sacramento from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to discuss possible updates to the E85 specifications.