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Tetraethyllead (commonly styled tetraethyl lead), shortened to TEL, is a chemical compound with the formula (CH3CH2)4Pb. They add this into petro-fuel. It is first being mixed with gasoline beginning in the 1920s. This has caused increased vehicle performance and fuel economy.[1][2] TEL had been identified chemically in the mid-19th century. In recent years, this chemical has been linked to climate change and is highly toxic.[3]

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  1. "Tetra-Ethyl Lead as an Addition to Petrol". British Medical Journal. 1 (3504): 366–7. 3 March 1928. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.3504.366. PMC 2455205. PMID 20773729.
  2. "After Lead?", Popular Science (October 1987 ed.), Bonnier Corporation, p. 94, October 1987
  3. "TETRAETHYL LEAD - National Library of Medicine HSDB Database".