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What is E85?

E85 is the term for motor fuel blends of 85 percent ethanol and just 15 percent gasoline. E85 is an alternative fuel as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy. Besides its superior performance characteristics, ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline; it is a completely renewable, domestic, environmentally friendly fuel that enhances the nation's economy and energy independence.

Today, the U. S. imports more than half of its oil, and overall consumption continues to increase. By supporting ethanol production and use, U.S. drivers can help reverse that trend. 85% ethanol can reduce pollution. Government tests have shown that E85 vehicles reduce harmful hydrocarbon and benzene emissions when compared to vehicles running on gasoline. E85 can also reduce carbon dioxide (CO2), a harmful greenhouse gas and a major contributor to global warming.

Although CO2 is released during ethanol production and combustion, it is recaptured as a nutrient to the crops that are used in its production. Unlike fossil fuel combustion, which unlocks carbon that has been stored for millions of years, use of ethanol results in low increases to the carbon cycle.

Ethanol also degrades quickly in water and, therefore, poses much less risk to the environment than an oil or gasoline spill.

has any one used this stuff
 

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yes growing up in Nebraska it's a standard there (powered by corn). If you have an older vehicle though you want to be careful as it will strip some of the coatings that regular grade fuel leaves behind in the tank and can clog up things.
 

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It also creates alot more pollution to create than regular old gas, just thought i'd throw some other side view into the propaganda.
 

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It also creates alot more pollution to create than regular old gas, just thought i'd throw some other side view into the propaganda.
I am pretty sure that the grain used is subsidised by you an me and it actually costs more than plain old gas to produce, but it is PC.Anyhow, we are warned that in the Winter we may be getting alcohol mixed gas out here whether we want it or not. Just like electrics or hybrids - PC. What are you going to do with several hundred pounds of highly toxic batteries after 5 or 6 or 7 years, and how much of the environment do you blow through producing those toxic waste dumps?
Everytime I see a hybrid I wonder if they have a concept how much it will be to replace their batteries, or how much a fuel efficient car like that is worth with a dead battery! So, in the long run, the 'Mada is actually greener! BTW the sooner we burn throught these fossils the sooner we'll see some real innovation!
 
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