Ethanol Costs More
I have checked it out, comparing fuel mileage, and it costs me more money to use ethanol. Not just pennies either. In my tests, I received five miles less per gallon highway driving using ethanol compared to gasoline, and three miles less per gallon city driving. Using ethanol, I have to get fuel more often.
I drive a Ford and had an issue with my "Check Engine" light coming on recently while using the E-85. In the manual it says that you can use either gas or E-85, or you can mix the different fuels.
But I found out (after the light came on and I took my vehicle to the dealer for checking) that a service bulletin had been issued recommending that the fuels not be mixed. In other words, you have to run the tank as dry/low as you can before you switch from one fuel to another.
I love the idea of using other fuels, especially when they are better for the environment, but in order to get people to use them they need to be more cost-effective. Most of us are having trouble adjusting to the constantly rising gas prices already.
Why is ethanol so expensive? Here in Southern Pines it is only 10 cents cheaper than gasoline. Where is the incentive to use this fuel?
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