March 2, 2007, Newsletter Issue #37: Ethanol

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Ethanol is a clean-burning, high-octane fuel that is made from a renewable source. It is grain alcohol at its most basic. Ethanol is produced from crops such as corn. Pure ethanol is not used as motor fuel, instead a percentage is used along with gasoline. Benefits of using ethanol include: -Lower Fuel Costs -Increase in the octane rating of the fuel -Decrease in gasoline emissions -Reduction in United States dependence of foreign fuel -Use of domestically grown corps Any mixture of ethanol can be combined with gas, but these are the more common mixtures:

E10: A blend of 10 percent Ethanol and 90 percent unleaded gasoline. This mixture is approved for use in any gas-consuming automobile made in the United States. Many automakers recommend using E10 because of it high-performance, clean-burning characteristics. Nearly one-third of our domestically produced gasoline is blended with ethanol.

E85: This is an alternative fuel with a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline. This is for use in Flexible fuel vehicles (FFV). More than four million FFV vehicles are on the road. More are being produced and E85 pumps are being installed in gas stations.

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