What is E85?
E85 is a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline for use in Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs). E85 is classified as an Alternative Fuel by the U.S. Department of Energy.
What is a Flexible Fuel Vehicle?
A Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) is a vehicle that can operate on any blend of ethanol up to 85 percent. If E85 is not available, the vehicle can operate on straight unleaded gasoline or any percentage of ethanol up to 85 percent. Many major automakers, including Daimler Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercury, Isuzu and Mercedes-Benz, manufacture vehicles that can operate on E85. FFVs have been produced for several years and the number of E85-compatible makes and models is increasing each year. Click here for a list of FFV makes and models.
Where can I purchase E85?
There are more than 3,000 E85 pumps in more than 2,000 cities across the country and that number grows each day. Click here for more information about stations that sell E85 throughout the United States.
Where can I purchase a Flexible Fuel Vehicle?
Check with your local auto dealer. Many dealerships stock models with the flexible fuel option. Or, if you’re ordering a new vehicle, your dealership can order the vehicle with the flexible fuel option for you. The flexible fuel option is available at little or no cost to the consumer, making these vehicles a smart choice for those wishing to tap alternative energy sources.
Are there any incentives to purchase an E85 vehicle?
There is a tax deduction available for those who purchase a flexible fuel vehicle. Check IRS Publication 535 for the 2003 Clean Fuel Vehicle guidelines.
Why should I consider E85?
E85 is a high octane, high performance fuel. It is a renewable source of energy and reduces the crude oil imports needed to fuel America’s transportation system. Ethanol is a clean, environmentally friendly fuel and, in an 85 percent blend, is very clean and even more environmentally friendly. E85 reduces harmful hydrocarbon and greenhouse gas emissions. Because E85 vehicles are flexible by nature, owning a flexible fuel vehicle is a practical way to enter the world of alternative fuels without any limitations on the vehicle’s range.