With all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over high gasoline prices, here’s something simple everyone can do to save money every tank full: use E85 ethanol to mix with your fuel. Any modern fuel-injected vehicle can run on a 50/50 mix of gas and ethanol with no modifications whatsoever.
Try this (especially you midwesterners where ethanol is widely available) – add one gallon of E85 next fillup, then 2 the next, 3 the next, etc., until you experience some performance degradation, then back off and use that optimal % mixture. I have two mid-80’s Vovo 240’s that run beautifully on a 50/50 mix. I pass smog testing (I’m in California) with no problems.
Most people aren’t aware that our gasoline has 10% ethanol already. The following article relates to efforts to increase the mix to 15%.Anti-ethanol propaganda is very widespread. Do your own due-diligence, then support home-grown energy endeavors. Here is a useful piece on the topic with some links, Cheers!
AFPM Issues Panic-Striken Warning Against Ethanol to Keep America Addicted to Foreign Oil
By Marc J. Rauch
Exec. Vice President/Co-Publisher
THE AUTO CHANNEL
AUTO CENTRAL – February 17, 2012: Late today, Friday, Charles T. Drevna, president of American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, issued a scurrilous press release against the use of gasoline blended with 15% ethanol – E15. The information presented in the press release is virtually without merit. Or to put it another way, I’d say it is filled with lies and gross misinformation.
To zero in on the most atrocious bit of misinformation, Drevna states that more testing is needed on E15 and that “…studies have shown that increasing ethanol in gasoline could cause serious engine damage…” I say that this is a bald-face lie and that if there is such a study that is a fraud.
In fact, ethanol may be to single most studied engine fuel since the invention of the automobile. Time and time again, studies have shown that ethanol is the best fuel to use. Moreover, in spite of the Drevna’s hysterical attempt to portray E15 as not sufficiently studied, in addition to private studies by such well respected testing firms as RICARDO finding that E15 is not harmful, our own government testing laboratories have definitively stated that their tests prove that E15 will not harm engines.