Number of E85 Stations in the U.S. Reaches 1,000

According to a press release from the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC), there are currently 1,000 public and private ethanol fueling stations located across the United States.  The 1,000th ethanol station opened in Bemidji, Minnesota.

According to the press release, the number of ethanol only fueling stations has more than doubled in the past 12 months, going from 438 to 1,000.  For you statistics lovers out there, that’s an increase 128%.

With the dramatic rise in gas prices, and realization that America must become less dependent on foreign oil, ethanol fuel became a very hot topic this summer.  Because ethanol is derived from plants (usually corn or sugarcane) it is a renewable fuel resource, which is the primary reason it was able to become such a favorable alternative to gasoline, which is a non-renewable resource.

Unfortunately, there are several knocks against ethanol which may hurt its assimilation to the mainstream.  The primary concern is the energy derived from burning ethanol produces is roughly 1/3 less than the energy produced by burning gasoline.  Of course, this means most vehicles that run on ethanol only will achieve roughly 2/3rds the gas mileage of regular gasoline vehicles.

Also, there are conflicting reports regarding whether or not ethanol is actually a cleaner burning fuel than gasoline.  It seems experts are going back and forth regarding this issue, so the environmental effects of burning ethanol may not be known for years.

And considering there are roughly 170 regular gas stations for every 1 ethanol station, so it appears it’s going to be quite some time before this whole ethanol craze catches on.

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