E85 at Bargain Price for Duluth Motorists

Fuel sales at the Holiday Station and Lake Superior ICO filling stations should be heavy during the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Conference on August 10 -12. The businesses are offering the ethanol based fuel E85 for 85 cents a gallon during the conference days, but ethanol advocates might not be the only drivers who can take advantage of the green energy fuel.

Duluth, Minnesota – August 4, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The gasoline alternative, made of 85 percent ethanol and just 15 percent petroleum, is designed for vehicles with flexible fuel engines. While more than 3.5 million flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) are on U.S. roads, many car and truck owners might not be aware that the vehicle they’re driving can combust the corn based fuel. All FFVs have a decal under the fuel door to let drivers know the vehicle can take E85. The American Lung Association of Minnesota (ALAMN) encourages the green fuel use through the Clean Air Choice initiative, and has published a list of vehicles that are ethanol friendly on their Web site. “Using E85 instead of traditional gasoline reduces ozone-forming pollution by 20 percent and lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30 percent,” said Pat McKone, director of ALAMN’s northeast Minnesota office. “Here in the Northland, we enjoy some of the cleanest air in the nation; however, as more and more vehicles hit the road, we need to make smarter choices about the fuels we use.” The three-day special price is sponsored by the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC) and General Motors (GM). Some truck models produced by GM between 2000 and 2004 are FFVs. Ford, Isuzu, Mazda, DaimlerChrysler, Mercedes and Mercury have also produced late model FFVs. A few Ford Taurus sedan models from 1995 were also built with ethanol combustion in mind. Todd Sneller, chairman of the NEVC board of directors, said, “We’re proud to play a role in educating Duluth motorists about E85. It is especially important for America to diversify its fuel sources at this time of record world oil prices and unrest in the Mideast. E85 offers one solution, a renewable-based fuel that we can produce right here at home.”

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