E85 sales plummet 26 percent in Minnesota

  • Article by: David Shaffer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 28, 2013 - 8:31 PM

As the price spread diminished between the high-ethanol gasoline blend and regular fuel, some drivers of Flex Fuel vehicles stopped pumping it into their tanks.

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owatonnabillMar. 28, 13 8:28 PM

"The price differential is important, because ethanol has less energy than gasoline, resulting in a 15 percent to 20 percent drop in mileage when drivers fill up with E85." ........... More like 35% to 40%, but who's counting? At any rate, cruddy mileage isn't the only thing wrong with E85. The stuff doesn't keep nearly as well as gasoline and can be hard on some internal engine components. E85 wouldn't have a prayer of succeeding without subsidies.

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e85abuserMar. 28, 13 8:33 PM

Costs too much, not environmentally sound and the only people,you see marketing the stuff are marketing goofs and farm lobbyists.

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moremoretaxMar. 28, 13 8:50 PM

Our government is so slow to admit their failures. This is a huge money drain, and idiotic pipe dreams like this make it easy to understand how our deficit has excede 16 trillion dollars.

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conniemercerMar. 28, 13 8:54 PM

Maybe people have finally caught on that they are being mislead by the government - again.

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bebebigaloMar. 28, 13 8:58 PM

Never have used it and never will. Every person I know that has used it reports the percentage in price difference is more than defeated bye the percentage loss in consumption. In addition to that it takes more energy to produce E85 than it does gasoline. The spoilage rate is higher and it is tougher on the components of an engine. E85 gasoline also drives up food prices.

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bgronniMar. 28, 13 9:00 PM

this stuff destroys engine parts, and totally wrecks small engines. Use anything but deoxygenated gas in your lawnmower, snowblower etc and you cut years off its useful life. Govt needs to get out of this business.

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ralph6767Mar. 28, 13 9:00 PM

When I fueled my truck with E85, I experienced about a 20% drop in MPG. Given the price is about 20% less than gas, I wound up paying the same per mile driven. The only difference was I had to fill up more often with E85. So it boiled down to whether I wanted to make more or fewer trips to the pump. That was an easy decision for me and I went back to using gas.

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dmay88Mar. 28, 13 9:01 PM

Corn gas is immoral when fuel is being produced from food stocks. Food prices are skyrocketing and people are suffering as a result.

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Flicka1492Mar. 28, 13 9:10 PM

Owatonnabill is right: There is MUCH less energy in e85 than e10. Something like 75,000 btu in a gallon of ethanol and 125,000 btu in a gallon of gasoline. And it is corrosive, and it doesn't last long, and it absorbs water, and it separates.... Ethanol is a govt. mandated boondoggle of the very first order.

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obviousMar. 28, 13 9:10 PM

E-85 is an inferior product ... it cannot be compared to gasoline, which many ppl seem to do ... The cost of E-85 is more to produce than is made at the pump ... Left in charge tax dollars hard at work ... When will that industry actually get serious on producing something close to the energy that fossil fuels provide without a government kickback for clearly failing in the attempt ?? ... It can be done !!

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