Where Can I Fill Up With E85?
Many people are eager to embrace biofuels as a method of lessening their reliance on oil products. The frontrunner in the biofuel world is E85, which is a corn-based fuel that can power the FLEX vehicles currently on the road. E85 is a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent petroleum.
As of the summer of 2008, the average price of E85 was $3.25. That marked a full dollar or more less than gasoline.
If you are among those eager to fill up with E85, there were nearly 1,200 gas stations across the United States that carried ethanol fuel as of 2007. This number is expected to increase considerably as government incentives are granted to stations that offer the ethanol alternative. Some states feature a large number of E85 stations, while there are those like Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alaska, and the District of Columbia that offered no E85 availability in 2007.
The list of states that have the highest number of stations (over 40 per state), include: The Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Missouri. Presumed "green" state California only had 6 E85 pumps across the state as of 2007.
To find out what stations by you carry E85, visit e85vehicles.com
It is important to note that E85 may not offer the same amount of power as regular gasoline. In a recent study by Consumer Reports it was discovered that when a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe was filled up with E85 it garnered 10 mpg on ethanol versus 14 mpg on gasoline. While using ethanol fuel may be better for the environment, it may require you to fill up more frequently.