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What is E85?

September 24, 2006 · · Filed Under Alternative Fuels, E85 Flex-Fuel, Fuels, Gasoline, Oil Industry 

E85 is an alternative fuel for many of todays production cars. It’s 85% ethanol that is created from crops, and 15% gasoline. There are many cars on the road in America today that can burn either gasoline or E85 – these are “flex-fuel” cars. You may own one of these cars, and not even know it. 

From: http://www.e85fuel.com/e85101/faqs/e85.php

E85 is the term for motor fuel blends of 85 percent ethanol and just 15 percent gasoline. E85 is an alternative fuel as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy. Besides its superior performance characteristics, ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline; it is a completely renewable, domestic, environmentally friendly fuel that enhances the nation’s economy and energy independence.

You can find out if your car is a flex-fuel car by contacting the dealer where you bought you car and asking them if your’s is a flex-fuel car, or by checking this resources at this site about E85 fuels.

If your car is a flex-fuel car, you can find a service station in your area that sells E85 fuel. Hopefully there is one close enough to you to be convienent.

E85 has one major drawback, it’s that you won’t go as far per gallon. E85 may cost you as much as 30% in MPG, although this can be offset by lower pump prices, with a net gain of going farther for less money. 

E85 is a step in the right direction for drivers who want to help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and at the same time curb the amount of emissions you personally contribute to the global pollution problem. 


One Response to “What is E85?”

  1. Doc Miles on September 27th, 2006 3:55 PM

    Here is a very well written argument against E85 fuel as a panecea for our oil woes. The author points out several important facts about production capability that will prevent the US from going 100% to E85 — but admits no one is really expecting to replace gasoline entirely.

    From: Pitch.com (Kansas City)

    “The amount of fuel we could produce within our borders on all of our cropland in a year would keep us going from New Year’s to Labor Day,” he [Stan Cox, a researcher at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas] says. “After that, we’d be walking.”

    Read it all…

    Considering that we currently import less than 20% of our oil from the Middle East, and we currently produce much more corn than we can eat, we can probably make a significant contribution to our fuel supply with E85 — but I agree that this is a part of a larger solution that will involve several technologies, and not a silver bullet.

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