A recent reader posted a comment in response to this article. Asking about 100% pure gasoline, the reader noted that all of the TOP TIER detergent gasoline retailers sell a blended fuel which contains up to 10% ethanol. This fuel blend, referred to as E10, is common throughout Central Florida and the United States as a whole. Many motorists do not wish to use blended fuel in their vehicles for a multitude of reasons, many of which I brought to light in this article about ethanol blended fuels.
While it is possible to find 100% pure gasoline, it is becoming increasingly difficult to do so. Further, some states do not require labels on pumps indicating the fuel contains up to 10% ethanol. In these instances, motorists may incorrectly believe they are purchasing 100% gasoline when, in fact, they are not. As of this writing, the states which require no labeling include: District of Columbia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina and Ohio.
Here in Florida, any pump that dispenses a fuel blended with any percentage of ethanol must be labeled as such. Precious few stations in Central Florida still sell 100% pure gasoline and that number is sure to drop by the end of 2010. This is due to standards that were adopted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in 2008. A portion of this standard requires that all public conventional fuel sold in Florida contains 10% ethanol. Here is an excerpt from the standard:
“– Beginning December 31, 2010, all gasoline sold or offered for sale in Florida by a terminal supplier, importer, blender, or wholesaler shall be blended gasoline.
EXEMPTIONS.–The requirements of this act do not apply to the following:
(a) Fuel used in aircraft.
(b) Fuel sold for use in boats and similar watercraft.
(c) Fuel sold to a blender.
(d) Fuel sold for use in collector vehicles or vehicles eligible to be licensed as collector vehicles, off-road vehicles, motorcycles, or small engines.”.
For Florida RFS Renewable Fuel Standard, See House Bill 7135, Section 103 of the Florida Statutes. Other states are considering similar such legislature and state laws are changing constantly so it is important for motorists to keep up with current regulations in their respective states.
That being said, there are still some stations which reportedly have pumps which dispense only 100% pure gasoline. As suspected, the majority of these stations are located in cities that are either on Florida’s coast (to support the boating community) or located near “collector vehicle” hot spots such as Sebring. As these stations are in areas that serve a healthy and strong niche market, they are more likely to have pure gasoline available for some time to come. For those of us in Central Florida, however, it will likely be more difficult to find unblended fuel by this fall.
While I cannot personally verify the legitimacy of the following list, there is a website that is dedicated to helping motorists find 100% pure fuel. Go to pure-gas.org to find listings in your area.
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