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August 13, 2009

Greenlings: Why is there ethanol in gasoline?

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Today, we take another look at ethanol for our weekly Greenlings post. You’ve probably noticed that many vehicles are labeled with a Flex Fuel badge from the manufacturer, indicating that the car or truck is capable of running safely on E85 – a blend of 85-percent ethanol and 15-percent gasoline.

For this article, we’re not talking about E85 or other mixtures with high concentrations of the alcohol fuel. Even regular-grade gas that you get from the fuel pump nearest you is very likely to have at least some amount of ethanol added, and in fact, the single largest single use of ethanol in the world is as fuel. Why? And does your car need any modifications to use this ethanol-infused gasoline? Read on to fine out.

Gallery: AFVI Ride & Drive Ethanol Hummer

Lead Photo by drewzhrodague. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

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