Ethanol-blended Gasoline - Is ethanol harmful to your car | Hagerty Magazine


Lacing gasoline with alcohol (ethanol, commonly called ethyl or grain alcohol) is nothing new. Ethanol fuel blends were used as early as the Model T Ford days, both as a cheap additive to stretch gasoline supplies, and as an octane booster – until replaced by tetraethyl lead around the end of World War I. In 1975, when the United States phased out leaded gasoline, ethanol’s prospects grew brighter as demand increased.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2007/01/28/ethanol-blended-gasoline-coming-soon-to-a-pump-near-you