MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Corn growers and independent gas stations are teaming up to bring the higher-ethanol fuel known as E15 to Minnesota drivers.

Penn Mobil in south Minneapolis is Minnesota's first station to offer the 15 percent ethanol fuel, but other stations are also planning to sell the new blend. Penn Mobil is selling E15 for 15 cents a gallon cheaper than E10, the standard 10 percent blend.

Corn growers are subsidizing the gas pump upgrades to allow the stations to dispense E15.

Most U.S. cars and trucks were designed for E10. The Environmental Protection Agency has approved E15 for 2001 and newer cars, SUVs and light trucks. But the U.S. auto industry doesn't endorse E15. Ford and GM have approved E15, but only for more recent models.