Gevo announces first pump sale of isobutanol-blended petrol
Gevo, a renewable technology, chemical products, and next generation biofuels producer, has announced that Express Lube of Fredericksburg, Texas, is the first US service station to sell petrol blended with Gevo's renewable isobutanol at the pump.
Gevo anticipates this to be ‘the first of many retail locations to offer Gevo's product’ as the company rolls out its isobutanol to the marina, outdoor equipment, and off-road petrol markets.
According to Express Lube owner Adam Sheffield, he decided to sell isobutanol-blended petrol because its moisture resistance and capacity to reduce engine corrosion are well suited for equipment and vehicles that are used intermittently.
"Isobutanol is great for weed eaters, mowers and farm or ranch equipment that sits unused for long periods of time – because it does not cause carburettors to gum up the way ethanol does," says Express Lube owner Adam Sheffield.
Gevo's isobutanol is blended with petrol to help meet renewable fuel and clean air standards, and it has successfully obtained registration with the US Environmental Protection Agency as a fuel additive.
Recently, the National Marine Manufacturers Association officially endorsed isobutanol as a drop-in fuel for marine and recreational boat engines.