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Alexi7
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 8:26:30 AM

My favorite E-85 station went from $2.419 to $3.099 overnight. Corn prices haven't gone up, so what happened? E-85 isn't a bargain at anything over about $2.809/gallon.
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Bradford81
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 10:18:06 PM

Don't pay attention, don't like ethanol
Wanda127
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2014 1:56:09 PM

At least we are lucky enough not to have this fuel in SW,Fl yet.
stickyvalves
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 12:30:39 PM

Closest blend pump
Beaman, Ia
Gasohol $3.49
E15 $3.47
E30 $3.45
E85 $2.95
goldseeker
Champion Author West Virginia

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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 9:34:54 AM

Hey sticky. Any blender pumps in your area? If so hows about a running on other blend prices.

Thanks.

[Edited by: goldseeker at 4/19/2014 9:35:23 AM EST]
nurdco
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 5:44:10 AM

Yup
MNJ2
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 4:42:48 PM

stable lately
goldseeker
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 3:10:45 AM

Filled up with E85 at Sheetz in Pittsburgh yesterday at $3.09 which was 60 cents cheaper than E10 and 80 cents lower than E0.
stickyvalves
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 9:25:54 AM

I still have several areas of my travels where I can buy E85 at 20% less than gasohol pricing. I take advantage of those. That makes my tank ethanol mixture vary. My spreadsheet calculates ethanol %, cpm, mpg, average cost per tankful, miles per month.

I maintain a vehicle lifetime for each category.

All fuels have increased recently. Some E85 suppliers have bought poorly and it shows. E85 does not have as elastic a supply/price as gasoline. It is easier for a station to get caught on the wrong side of pricing.

[Edited by: stickyvalves at 4/14/2014 9:26:24 AM EST]
bhWY
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 9:16:02 AM

Do not have E-85
nurdco
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 12:25:42 AM

Up 25c
gasisoutrageous
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 11:58:07 AM

And to that point, the beauty of a flex fuel vehicle is that you are not obligated to use any particular blend of ethanol (anywhere from pure gasoline to E85). Yes, prices spiked big time here at stations which weren't locked into lower prices. But that being said, I don't give a rat's behind about the price spread in terms of whether or not I use E85. I'll use it no matter what. However, I will buy E85 at the best spread around (right now, $1.37 difference).
James48843
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2014 4:17:59 PM

tomB2- the government quit paying to support ethanol two years ago. there are no longer any subisides on ethanol blending- it's pure competition between gasoline and ethanol now. Ethanol is stil far cheaper than gasoline, and now is below the price ponit where it is cost beneficial to buy E85 instead of gasoline in many areas. My Chevy Malibu 2.4 liter gets around 28 MPG on gasoline, and 24 MPG on E85. Right now I am paying 90 cents a gallon LESS for E85, so it is worthwhile for me to run E85 exclusively. that could change of gasoline prices fall, but for now, I am better off with my choice of fuels.

If you have a flex-fuel car, at least you have a choice.

TomB2
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2014 10:53:14 AM

Could be the govt is paying less to support it.
nurdco
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 12:10:35 AM

NO
stickyvalves
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 1:24:07 PM

To answer the question, no, gasohol has gone a much higher percentage than E85. I have an average price in my tank today of $2.52. My local gasohol is $3.29.
krzysiek_ck
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 8:51:06 AM

ScottAdams5 wrote: "Using this stuff in your car is reducing fuel economy, which means you are spending more money to drive down the road!"

How so? Please explain in details using your personal results.
Bowlerman10
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 12:29:52 AM

up in north Tx
ScottAdams5
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 12:16:40 AM

Using this stuff in your car is reducing fuel economy, which means you are spending more money to drive down the road!
estroh
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2014 12:02:10 AM

nope
bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2014 9:41:29 AM

$2.759 here. Too much for that.
nighthawk91
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2014 11:21:45 AM

Just paid 2.59 for e-85 SE South Dakota.
rrtruck
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 1:44:27 PM

The only station I see with E85 always prices it $.50 lower than regular gas.
Wanda127
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 10:46:36 AM

I have not seen it yet in SW,FL
magpie2013
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2014 5:26:17 PM

Yes, quite a bit.
blk911
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2014 2:43:18 AM

NO
gvan
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2014 5:24:03 PM

Actually E85 came down a dime to $2.89 and E10 is $3.45.
kennyman
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2013 7:59:06 PM

Didn't notice any increase.
WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2013 8:04:38 AM

I do not pay that much attention to E-85, but I have noticed the price is not as far from E-10 as it used to be. None of my vehicles are E-85 capable.
Jags99
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2013 2:25:09 AM

I don't use E - 85..
johnny81356
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2013 3:49:54 AM

yes they aren't the deal they used to be
agrico
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2013 7:02:20 PM

No special E85 prices here in Louisiana
RS101
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2013 6:50:41 AM

Yea
minookaband
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 7:10:14 PM

E-85 is a rip-off, especially with the rising prices!
HotRod10
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 2:07:23 PM

E-85 was the same price as the E-10 here yesterday. Only the eco-nuts will pay the same price to get 10-15% less mileage and more difficult cold starting, and there's not many eco-nuts here. If it stays the same price for very long, we'll go from one station to none selling E-85.
SilverStreaker
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 9:43:55 AM

Alexi7, I have been keeping detailed records of my ethanol blends and MPG for about 4 years. I don't see any significant change in mileage with the blends but I do see a big difference between summer and winter mileage.
Alexi7
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 8:24:05 AM

I'm here in the Corn Belt, but there is only ONE gas station within 20 miles that offers E-85. I've been running E-15 in the LS400 and the cold weather(single digits/teens) have dropped the mpg down to 15-16.
Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2013 4:47:03 PM

Don't worry, once the EPA reduces it's madate, E85 will drop in price as a glut hits the market...
Hannie59
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2013 10:02:25 AM

Alexi7, you are right on.

Most people use E-85 in their FFVs when the price spreads are greater, as they have been most of the year. 15% difference between E-85 and unleaded seems to be the "sweet spot" where E-85 usage skyrockets.

Right now, the claim is that even though corn is way down, ethanol demand has never been higher. That and exports...other countries are clammoring for our ethanol, so the claim is that is pushing prices of the clean, renewable fuel higher, despite the low price of corn.

Time to get the ball rolling on feedstocks other than corn. We have waited long enough :)



[Edited by: Hannie59 at 12/10/2013 10:03:02 AM EST]
Emerald1959
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2013 8:47:57 PM

yes
Alexi7
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2013 7:01:41 PM

CactusBob: Here in the Corn Belt, E-85 is easy to find. A local station even has different grades; E-20,E-30,E-50,E-70 and E-85. Even E-15 for all cars made after 2001.
CactusBobs
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2013 5:52:49 PM

Here in Arizona E85 has always been only a .20 savings over E10

the only E85 station we had is no longer carrying it because of no demand
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