E85: The ethanol blend appears to be stalling

  • Article by: PAT DOYLE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 9, 2008 - 9:53 PM

Gov. Pawlenty's goal of having 1,800 Minnesota gas stations sell E85 fuel by 2010 seems out of reach.

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jesseventuraAug. 9, 0810:45 PM

While I applaud the Gov's efforts to support MN farmers, E85 is doomed to fail. It is too costly to produce, requires gasoline as part of the process, and provides sub-par performance at best. Worse, vehicles must be specially designed to use it. Why not support BioDiesel, which can be produced using only locally grown plants, and can be made from stems and parts which cannot be used for food. It is almost identical in power to dino-diesel, and can be burned in virtually any diesel vehicle produced in the last decade with NO MODIFCATIONS!

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waldronAug. 9, 0810:50 PM

E85: inefficient, costly, if not subsidised, would be bust. Pawlenty: ineffective, costly and if had shown true liberal colors, would not have been elected.

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itsmeddcAug. 9, 0811:00 PM

Take it from me a mechanic anything with ethanol you will be changing fuel pumps, fuel pressure regulators, and fuel injectors for BIG BUCKS

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richieswensonAug. 9, 0811:41 PM

I've been running the stuff for years in several NON flex-fuel vehicles and I've replaced nothing. Additionally, the mileage doesn't drop enough to "come out behind".

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GruesomeAug. 10, 08 3:29 AM

We accidentally filled up our RV with ethanol a few years ago. Our fuel gage was faulty so we always went 250 miles and filled up. Not this time, we ran out after only 190 miles, 35+ miles less than usual (we were never empty after 250 miles) That offsets any reduction in price. A terrible cost to 3rd world nations and their peoples who can't afford grain, now.

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jmaynardAug. 10, 08 4:34 AM

E85 only gives 2/3 the mileage of gasoline (even with 10% ethanol), yet costs 80% of the price. That's a terrible deal. Why would anyone buy it, aside from an enviro-wacko?

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tjkeaAug. 10, 08 5:17 AM

You might want to check your math(250-190=60, not 35+)? It seems to be sort of like the E85 blend, a little short. Sorry.

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the_vfoxAug. 10, 08 6:02 AM

subsidized, it would not work commercially. Take away the subsidy and it cost more than premium fuel and you get less mileage.

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ksfishermanAug. 10, 08 6:44 AM

75 cents less per gallon than gas? And what reality would that be in. Every place I have been in MAY average 10 cents less per gallon and cost more in the long run with the loss in mileage.

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geogerAug. 10, 08 7:08 AM

http://e85prices.com/minnesota.html

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