“This is great news to see a major retailer and successful company like MAPCO announce their decision to offer E15 and give consumers a choice at the pump,” said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, in response to Wednesday’s MAPCO Express, Inc. statement. The company’s goal is to have 100 mega stores offering E15.
The expanded offering of E15 will create savings at the pump and will develop robust fuel options for consumers. Currently, E15 is available at 70 stations through other companies. The locations are spread between 14 states including: Wis., S.D., Ohio, Neb., N.D., N.C., Mo., Minn., Miss., Kan., Indiana, Ill., Iowa, and Ariz.
Tom Buis continued, “MAPCO is an innovator in the marketplace always looking to provide what their customers want and need. Growth Energy believes this will end the debate about whether or not consumers want E15. Growth Energy also believes that when given the choice, consumers will seek the fuel that costs less, improves the performance of their vehicles and is better for our environment.”
“More retailers across the nation are beginning to see the value of selling higher blends of ethanol,” added Buis. “Refiners with integrated retail operations are starting to move towards meeting their Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume obligations through their retail operations, by selling higher blends, such as E15.”
“According to existing E15 retailers, the new fuel offers consumers a $0.05 to $0.10 price per gallon advantage compared to regular gas,” stated Buis. “In addition, consumers are getting a higher octane, better performing fuel. With E15, consumers are getting more for less when they fill up and retailers are reporting zero complaints with the E15.”
Buis concluded by saying, “I am impressed by all that MAPCO is doing for our consumers and our nation. Their customers will know that the fuel they use will help strengthen our economy by keeping their hard-earned dollars at home.”
E15 is the most tested fuel blend and is approved for all vehicles produced for model year 2001 and beyond – encompassing approximately 80 percent of the vehicles on the road today. In the DoE tests, 86 vehicles, representing all makes and models, were driven more than six million miles without any emission, durability or engine issues.
MAPCO Express, Inc., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delek US Holdings, Inc. With headquarters in Brentwood, Tenn., MAPCO operates 362 convenience stores in seven states under the MAPCO Express®, MAPCO Mart®, East Coast®, Discount Food Mart™, Fast Food and Fuel™, Delta Express®, and Favorite Markets® brand names. It is one of the largest company-operated convenience store chains in the United States, and one of the leading C-store operators in the Southeast. More than half of the retail segment’s store locations are in Tennessee, and the Company owns the real estate of more than half of the stores it operates. Delek US Holdings, Inc. is a diversified downstream energy company with assets in petroleum refining, logistics and convenience store retailing.