The f150 has been around since 2003 and is one of the most reliable trucks out there. It comes in several different versions and one of the most popular ones is the f150.
It is also one of the most fuel-efficient trucks out there and can go over 700 miles on a tank of gas!
However, many people have been asking if they can run their E15 in their F150. The good news is that you can!
What is E15?
E15 is made up of 15% ethanol and 85% of the chemical structure of gasoline.
With the U.S. turning away from fossil fuels and away from using dirty coal for electricity, a fuel like E15 is an appealing alternative.
According to the Environmental Defense Fund, E15 has better fuel efficiency than other types of ethanol and produces almost no particulate matter and fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline.
Is E15 Good for My Engine?
In the U.S., gasoline has been infused with renewable fuel. For decades, the fuel supply was mostly at 10 percent and now it’s 15 percent.
Drivers have been choosing it for its price point and have found it to work almost identically to non-ethanol gasoline when used at 15-20 percent.
A cleaner-running fuel system and cooler cylinder temps are some of the benefits.
Many people have their own opinions, but as full-time mechanics and users of the fuel, this is what we are seeing.
What Kind of Car Is It Possible To Run On E15?
E15 can be used in any gasoline-powered car with a U.S. emissions system from 2001 or newer, regardless of whether it is flex-fuel or not.
Chances are that your vehicle is in the 2001-and-up category, which makes up 90 percent of all vehicles on the road.
Many people have used it in older cars, but newer ones have been tested and approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy.
The older models weren’t tested due to their age and variability.
Can You Save Money Using Ethanol?
Yes, you could. If you look at the price of the pump, you will see a significant difference between the two fuels.
The cost savings for E15 are between 5 to 10 cents better than E10, and 30 to 40 cents better than non-ethanol fuel.
Some people will tell you that there is a lot of miles per gallon difference between the fuels, but we would tell you to try it on your own.
Can I Mix E10 and E15 in My Truck?
No, but it’s possible to mix two different types of ethanol in the same vehicle.
But, the process of doing so can be quite complicated, especially for those who aren’t familiar with E10 vs. E15. While E10 is generally available in all 50 states, E15 is only available in 23.
According to the EPA, E10 is better for your engine’s catalytic converter while E15 is better for your engine’s intake system.
Is It Legal to Use E15 in a Truck?
The short answer is yes. E15 was originally developed for use in trucks because of the fuel savings that it can provide.
It’s also legal to use ethanol blends in any type of vehicle, including cars and light trucks.
The reason it’s legal to use it is that the EPA determines that the fuel blends that are currently legal are “equivalent to the gasoline available during the years that the blends were approved.”
So technically, there are no limits on the amount of ethanol that can be added to gasoline. However, some stipulations must be followed when using ethanol blends.
Can I Buy E15 from a Gas Station?
Yes! If you’re driving and you see an E15 sign at a gas station, you can safely assume that the pump attendant is selling ethanol.
Gas stations are allowed to sell E15 and, in many cases, they will provide it to you. But if there’s no E15 sign, you may have to ask whether or not they sell it.
Gas stations that don’t offer E15 are probably following the law—gas stations can legally sell only gasoline and diesel fuel, not other kinds of fuel.
Is It Possible to Use E15 in Ford F150?
Ford vehicles can use E15 gasoline in the current model year, while prior model years are limited to E10.
Refer to the Fuel and Refueling section of your owner’s manual to see fuel requirements specific to your vehicle.
Note: E15 is the opposite of E85.
- E85 – 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline
- E15 – 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline.
Truck driver by profession, automotive lover by heart. Ricky is the main publisher and editor at Truckile.com sharing his life-long knowledge and experience in the auto industry and truck driving!