Two new flex fuel pumps offering E85 and E30 flex fuels — blends of 85 percent or 30 percent ethanol with gasoline — are now open at the Hartington Stop N Go.
The additions bring the number of flex fuel pumps that can dispense ethanol blends above E10, which is considered a standard fuel, to about 80.
The new pumps also dispense E10 and unleaded gasoline, fuel options for any vehicle.
Pumps that can dispense flex fuels are scattered throughout the state, though “there are quite a few along I-80,” said Kim Clark, director of biofuels development with the Nebraska Corn Board.
“Every vehicle filling up is able to use flex fuel pumps, not just flex fuel vehicle owners, and retailers have started to recognize this,” Clark said.
The flex fuel pumps are supported in part by grant funding from the Nebraska Corn Board and the state's 23,000 corn farmers.
Nationally Nebraska ranks second to Iowa in ethanol production, with 24 plants that can distill about 2.1 billion gallons a year from 700 million bushels of corn.
“When drivers fill up on E85 and other ethanol blends, they're strengthening Nebraska's economy, making our country more energy independent and going easier on the environment,” said Todd Sneller, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board.
One in 10 Nebraska motorists owns a flexible fuel vehicle that can run on any blend of ethanol and gasoline up to E85, according to the Nebraska Ethanol Board, but many drivers aren't aware of that. To find out if a vehicle is flex fuel, check the owner's manual or go to www.ne-ethanol.org/ffv
To find retailers that offer E85 or other flex fuels, go to www.ne-ethanol.org
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