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E85 is Now More Common in the Tri-States

 If you already own a vehicle that is E85 compatible, I’m sure that you’re well-versed about the benefits of the fuel. E85 is a fuel made from a mixture of 15% regular gasoline and 85% Ethanol that’s made from corn or other grains. This fuel is great for our local economy because it uses corn as a component. It also helps our national security by decreasing our dependence on foreign oil. You must have a vehicle designed to work with E85 however. The 10% Ethanol blend, or E10 as it is sometimes called, is fine to burn in all late model vehicles and has been available for quite some time at the pump, but an E85 compatible vehicle can burn the higher concentration of 85% Ethanol. This is because E85 vehicles are produced with specialized fuel system components designed to handle E85 as well as an engine management enabled to deal with the different properties of the fuel. E85 can often be easily identified by a yellow gas cap or yellow gas pump.

You can check out new Chevy E85 vehicles at: http://www.chevrolet.com/e85/?seo=msn_chevy_e85
E85 is available locally from the Kwik Stop Conoco at the corner of Hwy 52 and Hwy 61 in Key West next to Hardee’s. It’s also sold at the Big 10 Mart in Dubuque at 2100 JFK Rd.
If you have any questions regarding E85 or its uses, please feel free to contact us at 1-866-735-5200.
Expect E85 to become more and more available each year as companies are investing time and money into the construction of E85 manufacturing plants all over the US. In fact, the VeraSun Energy Corporation is planning to open one of their new E85 plants in Dyersville, IA in 2008. Who knows? Maybe their CEO heard a voice in his or her head whispering, “If you build it … fuel prices will come down.”


More information about E85 can be found at: www.E85fuel.com
Vehicles that can run on E85 will also be able to run on regular unleaded gas and for this reason they are called flexible fuel vehicles. Now these FFV’s are not exactly new to the market. Both GM and Ford have been producing these alternative fuel vehicles in a variety of models since the early 2000’s. You can click on the link above to see a list of older vehicles and engines that are E85 compatible. Who knows … it might turn out that the car or truck that you’ve been driving for awhile is E85 capable and you didn’t even realize it. Check it out — it could end up saving you some bucks in the long run.

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