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‘Get Pumped!’ event at Valpo Family Express

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Published on July 26, 2017 with No Comments

Event held to educate local drivers on why ethanol is the clear choice when it comes to clearing the air

The Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) hosted a ‘Get Pumped!’ event at the Family Express Valpo Viking fuel station on Friday, July 21 to educate local drivers on proper ethanol use and the benefits of choosing a higher ethanol-blended fuel at the pump.

The ICMC and Family Express representatives were joined by the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) No. 3 American Ethanol show car on Friday to help show local drivers how ethanol-blended fuels have a higher octane level thus producing at least 20 percent less greenhouse gas emissions, improve engine performance, all at a lower cost per gallon than non-blended gasoline.

NASCAR fans were excited to see the American Ethanol show car at the event in anticipation of Austin Dillon driving the historic RCR No. 3 American Ethanol car in the Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 23.

“We spoke to about 100 people over the course of the day and the majority of people did not know that E15 could be used in their cars,” said Ken Parrent, director of biofuels, Indiana Corn Marketing Council. “Most people were surprised to hear it is better for your car, the environment and your wallet – E15 was $0.05 cheaper than non-blended gasoline at the pump.”

The event provided the opportunity for the ICMC team to assess individuals’ cars to confirm they could use e15 or e85 in their vehicles, which helped to guide sales of Family Express’ unleaded E15 and E85. The event also provided a platform to educate the younger generation on ethanol production and its benefits.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approves E15 for use in all passenger vehicles model year 2001 or newer, as well as Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFVs). E85 is an ethanol-blended fuel that should be used only in FFVs.

Indiana-grown and Indiana-processed ethanol is a renewable fuel that benefits Indiana’s economy. With approximately one-third of the state crop converted into ethanol, it’s clear that Indiana corn is benefiting from a new market. Indiana’s corn farmers believe that Indiana drivers should be benefitting too. The ICMC is dedicated to showing Indiana drivers that ethanol-blended fuels – like unleaded e15 and e85 – are safe and readily-available choices at the pump.

For more information, visit www.incorn.org.

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