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2006 Ford escape HybridE85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) is considered an alternative fuel under the Energy Policy Act of 1992. It is used to fuel E85-capable flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs), which are available in a variety of models from U.S. and foreign automakers.

Ethanol is an alcohol-based fuel made by fermenting and distilling starch crops, such as corn. It can also be made from "cellulosic biomass" such as trees and grasses. The use of ethanol can reduce our dependence upon foreign oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 The 15% gasoline content in E85 enables FFVs to operate normally under cold conditions; fueling a vehicle with pure ethanol (E100) creates problems during cold-weather operation. Ethanol can also be mixed with gasoline in lower-level blends, which provide many benefits but are not considered EPAct alternative fuels.

Advantages & Disadvantages of E85

Advantages

Disadvantages

  • Domestically produced, reducing use of imported petroleum

  • Lower emissions of air pollutants

  • More resistant to engine knock

  • Added vehicle cost is very small

  • Can only be used in flex-fuel vehicles

  • Lower energy content, resulting in fewer miles per gallon

  • Limited availability

  • Currently expensive to produce

Ethanol Vehicles, except for a few engine and fuel system modifications, they are identical to gasoline-only models. Other than lower gas mileage, motorists will see little difference when using E85 versus gasoline. E85 has about 27% less energy per gallon than gasoline. However, E85 is typically priced lower than gasoline, so that cost per mile is comparable

As of July, 2009, more than 1,950 U.S. fueling stations offered E85 to the more than 7 million FFVs on U.S. roadways. Stations are more common in the corn belt (Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois) but are spreading throughout the country. In fact, E85 is now offered in more than 40 states.

E85 typically costs less than gasoline on a gallon-for-gallon basis but more than gasoline on an energy-equivalent basis.

 

Model Year 2009

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Year

Model (Trims)

Type

MSRP*

Fuel Econ.

2009

Buick Lucerne CX2 (8)   Sedan   $30,770   26/17 mpg

2009

Cadillac Escalade AWD Platinum (4)   SUV   $83,835   19/12 mpg

2009

Cadillac Escalade ESV 2WD Platinum (4)   SUV   $83,890   19/12 mpg

2009

Cadillac Escalade EXT Sport Utility Truck   SUV   $61,130   N/A

2009

Chevy Avalanche LTZ 4WD (8)   SUV   $46,700   20/14 mpg

2009

Chevy HHR LT1 (4)   SUV   $20,720   30/22 mpg

2009

Chevy HHR Panel LS (4)   SUV   $19,030   32/22 mpg

2009

Chevy Impala LT (5)   Sedan   $24,645   29/19 mpg

2009

Chevy Suburban LT1 1500 4WD (14)   SUV   $44,225   N/A

2009

Chevy Tahoe LT2 2WD (8)   SUV   $41,840   21/15 mpg

2009

Chrysler Sebring Convertible Touring (3)   Sedan   $30,270   26/18 mpg

2009

Dodge Durango Limited 4X2 (6)   SUV   $37,565   19/14 mpg

2009

Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4X2 ST SWB (5)   Truck   $29,530   19/14 mpg

2009

Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4X4 ST SWB (5)   Truck   $32,750   18/13 mpg

2009

Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4X2 TRX SWB (5)   Truck   $30,370   19/14 mpg

2009

Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4X4 TRX SWB (5)   Truck   $34,065   18/13 mpg

2009

Dodge Ram 1500 Reg Cab 4X2 TRX LWB (7)   Truck   $26,685   19/14 mpg

2009

Dodge Ram 1500 Reg Cab 4X4 TRX SWB (7)   Truck   $30,430   18/13 mpg

2009

Ford E-Series Van E-250 (6)   Van   $26,935   19/15 mpg

2009

Ford E-Series Wagon E-350 XLT Super Duty (6)   Van   $35,535   N/A

2009

Ford Expedition King Ranch 4X2 (16)   SUV   $44,950   20/14 mpg

2009

Ford F-150 SuperCab 4X2 145-in. (11)   Truck   $32,955   20/14 mpg

2009

Ford F-150 SuperCab 4X4 145-in. (14)   Truck   $36,100   18/14 mpg

2009

Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4X2 157-in. (7)   Truck   $35,615   20/14 mpg

2009

Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4X4 157-in. (10)   Truck   $38,760   18/14 mpg

2009

Mercedes C-Class C300 (6)   Sedan   $34,650   25/18 mpg

2009

Mercury Grand Marquis LS   Sedan   $29,270   24/16 mpg

2009

GMC Sierra Denali Crew Cab ShortBox AWD (2)   Truck   $44,020   19/12 mpg

2009

GMC Yukon 2WD SLT-2 (4)   SUV   $43,930   20/14 mpg

2009

GMC Yukon 4WD SLT-2 (4)   SUV   $46,785   20/14 mpg

2009

GMC Yukon XL 4WD SLT-2 1/2 Ton (8)   SUV   $48,935   19/14 mpg

2009

Hummer H2 SUT Luxury (3)   SUV   $68,400   N/A

2009

Hummer H2 SUV Luxury (3)   SUV   $70,765   N/A

2009

Jeep Commander Limited 4X2 (6)   SUV   $38,885   19/14 mpg

2009

Lincoln Navigator 4X2 (2)   SUV   $53,120   18/12 mpg

2009

Lincoln Navigator L 4X2 (2)   SUV   $56,120   18/12 mpg

2009

Toyota Tundra CrewMax 4X4 SR5 (9)   Truck   $34,285   17/13 mpg

2009

Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4X4 SR5 (15)   Truck   $31,460   17/13 mpg

2009

Toyota Tundra Regular Cab 4X4 (6)   Truck   $27,740   17/13 mpg

 

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