Sunday, February 17, 2008

E-85


E-85 gasoline has hit delta, and the price has definitely got my attention. In the past, I have tried E-85 when crossing Iowa or Nebraska, but found my mileage dropped about 10%, and I did not save 10% on the cost. If this price difference holds, I suspect they will sell some corn!

4 comments:

Kim said...

I'm not familiar with E-85. Is it ethenol and 85 octane rating? I just paid $3.09 at a discount pump two days ago, so that price on your sign interests me. Any danger to the car engine in using something at 85 instead of 87 or higher? Thanks
-Kim

Dan said...

Hey Bill,

I am pretty sure that E85 is NOT the same as the ethanol stuff you get in Nebraska. As I understand it, vehicles are specially made for E85, and it cannot be put in a standard vehicle.

http://e85vehicles.com/

Bill said...

Kim, E-85 is 85% Ethanol, and the car needs to be specifically designed for it, I have an 05 Suburban that will run it, but it does not look like my 07 Pontiac G6 does.

Dan, I know what you are referring to, but I have found E-85 in Nebraska/Iowa over the past 2 years or so. Tried it in the suburban, and lost 10% mileage. The $$ savings was around 5%, so I stopped using it.

Chuck Pefley said...

Appealing prices, but the downside is reduced mileage? Not to mention the specific ability of the engine to handle this grade fuel. I just paid $3.42 per gal for 92 octane ... of course I only had to buy 1.5 gallons for my Vespa (75mpg) so the financial impact is slight. Still ... that represents a significant spread in pricing.