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[GreenYes] RE: How To Drive Down Gas Prices

You are probably right about gasolines being basically the same except for their detergents and other additives, and I don't know about where Chevron originally came up with the trade name "Techron", but "Techron" is a cleaning additive they use and not just something referring to the octane rating system.  Chevron refers to Techron as a polyether amine that they use as an additive, and you can buy the product separately to add to your own gasoline.  Here is a website of theirs that describes their product:

Peter Spendelow


Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 17:19:34 -0400
From: Jay Donnaway <>
Subject: [GreenYes] RE: How To Drive Down Gas Prices

Yes, it's all true.  Branded gasolines differ only in the detergent
additives. 'Green gas' (such as you buy at a generic mini-mart), is the same
American Petroleum Institute certified commodity that costs so much more
across the street, just without a bit of detergent to keep valves and
injectors clean.  
Many marketing gimmics tend to be smoke and mirrors.  Recall "Chevron with
TECHRON" -this simply refers to the 'TECHnical Rating of Octane Number',
which all gasolines must undergo before leaving the refinery, and does not
at all differ between brands with the same octane rating.  
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