Flex Fuel

Flexible fuel vehicles

E85 and Flex Fuel Questions & Answers

Q: What if E85 is not available?

The flex fuel vehicle system allows drivers to use any combination of gasoline or ethanol - from 100% unleaded gasoline up to 85% ethanol. If E85 is not available, you can therefore use unleaded gas.

Q: What is the difference between an flex fuel vehicle and a regular gasoline-only vehicle? Do they use different parts?

A flex fuel vehicle has only one major additional part - the fuel sensor that detects the ethanol/gasoline mix. Other parts on a flex fuel vehicles fuel delivery system are modified slightly to be compatible with a high level of ethanol. These include the fuel tank, fuel lines, fuel injectors, computer system, anti-siphon device, and dashboard gauges. Since high levels of alcohol are corrosive, any parts that come in contact with the fuel have been upgraded to tolerate the alcohol. Normally, this will mean a stainless steel fuel tank and Teflon-lined fuel hoses.

Do You Own a Flex Fuel Vehicle?

What is a Flex Fuel Vehicle? It's a car or truck capable of burning alternative fuels. We're talking about gas engines that can also burn ethanol, natural gas, propane, hydrogen, methanol, and p-series fuels.

Ethanol is alcohol-based and is made by fermenting and distilling corn, barley, or wheat. It can also be made from "cellulosic biomass", such as chunks of trees and grass, except that this version is called "Bioethanol" instead of plain "Ethanol".

Drivers Should Consider Flex Fuel Vehicles and Use E85

Johnston, IA, January 3, 2006 - Iowans who want to save fuel costs should consider driving a flexible fuel vehicle and buying E85 fuel.

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