E85 is the alternate fuel source that most environmentally-friendly cars run on today. It is a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. With the world's dependency on the increasingly expensive oil industry, E85 is an alternative fuel source available to millions of Americans-if they can find a station. Here are some ideas for finding E85 stations.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Search the map on the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC) website (see Resources below). Choose your state or a bordering state, and look through the list for a service station that is not "private." Several of the stations are only on military bases, so make sure you find a location open to the public.
Contact the NEVC and let them know that you are searching for an E85 station. There are many E85 stations out there, but many are not open to the public, so contact NEVC through its website by following the "I need E85 in My Area" link. Fill out the online form and submit it.
Find an E85 fueling station near you through the Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE keeps a list of current and planned E85 fueling stations. This list is maintained by The Alternate Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC) and run by the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) branch of DOE. Follow the EERE link and choose your state (see Resources below). Contact the location to make sure they are open to the public.
Contact a nonprofit organization that seeks to increase E85 use in your area and nationally. The Drive85 company promotes the use of E85 through a variety of ways and one way is to point consumers toward the E85 stations. Call Drive85 at 602-430-3651 to find out where an E85 station is near you.
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