Using E85 drops my mileage from 13.5 to 11.2 for a 17% decrease in mileage, just city driving.
Regular unleaded is selling for $3/gal this week in Tucson with E85 at $2.65/gal, making E85 only 11.7% less expensive.
I need E85 to be about $2.47/gal to reach a break even point of the fuel cost being 17% less than unleaded to match the 17% mileage loss per gallon, assuming unleaded stayed at $3/gal.
I have one station a few miles down the street, and only four places in Tucson to purchase E85, plus the shorter driving miles per tank means more stops to refuel.
My window sticker states that my truck should get 14mpg city unleaded and 10mpg on E85 for city driving, so that is pretty accurate so far.
On E85 it seems to accelerate a little better from a stop, otherwise I can't tell a difference in day to day driving.
To me it is just an alternative fuel source, but the numbers need to be right before I use E85 exclusively. I'm glad to read that we are planting the most corn since the 40's. I would rather see more farms survive than have more planned communities with golf courses, no offense intended with regard to you golfers!
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