Flex Fuel Vehicles Help Consumers Save Money at the Pump

Flex fuel vehicles can use regular unleaded, e10, e85 or any combination of ethanol and regular gas, including the e20 and e30 blends that are growing more common at stations that have installed ethanol blender pumps like these.One in Ten Nebraskans Drives a Flex Fuel Vehicle

LINCOLN, NE—Four-dollar gas hits everyone hard. But you may be driving a vehicle that can save you a chunk of change at the pump—and you may not even realize it.

“This rapid, unexpected and unexplainable rise in gas prices has taken everyone by surprise,” said Don Hutchens, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board. “But Nebraskans who own flex fuel vehicles have a wide range of fuel options that can result in significant savings.”

Flex fuel vehicles are able to operate on any blend of ethanol and gasoline up to E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent ordinary gasoline. Flex fuel vehicle owners can fill up with any blend in any amount at any time. Since ethanol is priced lower than gasoline, the higher the ethanol blend, the lower the price.

As gas prices have risen, the cost of E85 has become even more attractive. “Depending on where you’re traveling, you can save as much as $1.30 per gallon by filling up with E85,” Hutchens said. “That’s a $26 savings on a 20-gallon fill up. Even with the reduced mileage of E85, it is still economical today for flex fuel vehicles to use E85 and other ethanol blends.”

One in ten Nebraskans drives a flex fuel vehicle or FFV. “Many drivers don’t realize they have an FFV since they don’t look any different or cost any more than a standard vehicle,” Hutchens said. “All you need to do is check your owner’s manual or see if you have a flex fuel badge somewhere on the exterior of the vehicle.” Some FFV’s also have a yellow gas cap.

E85 pumps and flex fuel pumps offering E10, E20, E30 and E85 and other options can be found across Nebraska, including Omaha, Lincoln, York, Fremont, Grand Island, North Platte, Ogallala and other communities. Locations can be found at e85prices.com or by downloading a flex fuel location app on a smartphone.

“There are a number of economic, environmental and energy security benefits when choosing ethanol blended fuel,” Hutchens added. “As gas prices skyrocket, consumers who drive FFVs have even more reason to do so.”

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