Kum & Go plans E15 promotions in Omaha metro area

By Nebraska Corn Board | May 27, 2015

Drivers of flex-fuel vehicles in Nebraska and Iowa will be able to fill up with E85 for just 85 cents per gallon during six upcoming promotions at Kum & Go locations in the Omaha metro area.

The promotions will take place as follows:

- May 28: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 90th & Boyd St.
- June 4: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 168th & Maple
- June 11: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 195th & West Center
- June 18: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 4443 S. 84th
- June 25: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 1819 N. 72nd
- July 2: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 10764 Virginia Plaza, Papillion
Note: There is a limit of 30 gallons and no containers are allowed.

Currently, one in seven drivers in the Omaha metro has a flex-fuel vehicle, which can run on any blend of American Ethanol and gasoline, from E10 to E85. However, many drivers do not realize they own a flex-fuel vehicle, let alone the additional fuel options they have at the pump. To confirm your vehicle is flex-fuel, look for a yellow fuel cap, a flex-fuel emblem, or check your owner’s manual.

“Consumers like to have a choice when they are making a purchasing decision at the pump,” said Jim Pirolli, vice president of fuels at Kum & Go convenience stores. “Kum & Go will soon begin to offer E15 at locations in Omaha and already offers E85 at seven locations across the metro area. The E85 promotions are a great way to bring awareness to the variety of fuel blends we offer and provide an opportunity to promote the many environmental and economic benefits of ethanol-blended fuels.”

According to the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, when flex-fuel drivers fill up with E85—a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, and other American Ethanol-blended fuels, they’re improving air quality and reducing causes of asthma, heart disease and lung cancer not only for themselves but also their children and grandchildren. E85 is approved as a Clean Air Choice and when flex-fuel drivers fill up with E85 rather than 100 percent gasoline, they are significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions that enter our air.

“The health and environmental benefits of American Ethanol is so great we want all consumers to use American Ethanol,” said Ryan Welsh, Director of Sales & Marketing of American Ethanol. “Even if a consumer doesn’t drive a flex-fuel vehicle, they still have the option to use American Ethanol fuel such E15 and reap the benefits.”

All standard vehicles can operate on E10, a blend of 10 percent American Ethanol and 90 percent unleaded gasoline. E15 with 15 percent American Ethanol has been approved for use in all standard vehicles model year 2001 and newer. E15 is gaining a foothold at retailers across the U.S. and is available at a growing number of locations. Kum & Go recently announced that E15 will soon be offered at several Midwest retail stations, including Nebraska and Iowa.

The E85 promotion is sponsored by Green Plains, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, Nebraska Corn Board, and Nebraska Ethanol Board in cooperation with Kum & Go. For additional information about these promotions and American Ethanol, visit E85Omaha.com.