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Allch Chcar

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  1. That's phenomenal! That is almost 10% of the total number of gas stations we have in Kentucky!
  2. Unfortunately the Focus is too "soft" and only has a 5spd with worse FE. Being a FFV would only make my decision harder as I am stuck between a Mazda3 (they offer a 6spd manual, hatchback, with better FE) or the New FRS/BRZ. I did talk to someone knowledgeable about Ethanol but he got a phone call after we had checked all the vehicles. I mentioned they usually have a FFV badge and the #7 Vin would be K. He just checked for the yellow fuel caps. I'll try to use that tactic with the local dealers. We have E85 in every major village so there is no excuse. I'm going to do that to the Import dealers too. ;D
  3. Apparently it must be certain batches because all of the 2012 Foci at my local Ford dealership were non-ffv. No badge, no yellow gas cap, and #7 vin was all F.
  4. The station at 1302 Main Street Murray, KY is infact closed. They taped over the prices now. The new BP doesn't have an E85 pump either. :'( I'm moving to Murray soon and there are no public E85 stations nows... :'(
  5. Gentlemen, it's the profit incentive. 8) Right now E85 is nothing but a niche, premium grade product and they are selling it at a premium. I don't see any profit in trumpeting the low prices right now with Ethanol prices dropping, even if they are dropping slower than they should. Too low is bad for the industry. If the high price they can sell it for doesn't bring in more E85 pumps, especially blender pumps, than there isn't much hope for E85... > Maybe in a couple months when summer prices are in full effect if E85 doesn't drop accordingly. If the price spread drops below 85% I'm going to try talking my parents into allowing me to splash blend in the "Personnel Carrier." If I had my own vehicle, I would have bought E85 today instead of regular. :'(
  6. Not an expert BTW. I don't know of any Rotary specific problems with Ethanol but the early years, '04-'05, had inadequate oiling systems and were prone to oil pump clogging or premature failure from lack of oil. They do not appreciate running without engine oil, it's absolutely necessary for the apex seals. The easiest solution is pre-mix to prevent an issue, but you could just as well check the state of the oil pumps and maintain proper engine oil levels. IMHO the Rotary lends itself to Ethanol simply because it prefers to run rich. I don't know if it is specifically because the combustion chamber is so wide or what but
  7. The station at 1302 Main Street Murray, KY seems to have closed down. They have a for lease sign in the window, empty shelves, and covered up fuel pumps. This was the only public E85 pump in Murray. The station at 100 East College Street Mayfield, KY is infact a BP station.
  8. Certainly Thumpin. There has been plenty of progress with Ethanol, especially in the last 10 years, and it still has room for improvement! If you take something merely on it's face value, you're ignoring it's true value. Statistics are merely a tool, how they are acquired and how they are used is what corrupts them.
  9. Pimental's work is originally from the 70's and it's not like there was another concrete source for Ethanol efficiency from that time. So like it or not he is most likely where the OP advertisers got their "improved efficiency numbers." And it wasn't Truman that originally said that quote. Mark Twain started it by "paraphrasing" a British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, that never reportedly said such a thing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lies,_damned_lies,_and_statistics. “The problem with quotes on the Internet is that you can't always be sure of their authenticity.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  10. I like to see big efficiency gains! ;D But they neglected to mention that EROI for Corn Ethanol was negative in the 70's. They can do better than that.
  11. There was a 20 cent drop here, that already rebounded back ???. If E85 stays put at the local pump it'll almost make a nice spread. Gasohol is $3.39, so is it possible?
  12. Heh, I double checked and it is infact 39% owned by American investors and 40% UK owned. Whoops! I'm very sorry about that, thanks for pointing that out!
  13. It pisses me off seeing BP advertise "moving forward" or "going green" since it is just green washing. They even changed their logo to the ugly green/yellow star! I know they are an American owned company, but I have very little reason to believe their marketing department compared with their record. I haven't looked it up in awhile but BP is far from a forward thinking company in my mind. Liquid coal anyone? I do not hold the Gulf Oil spill as a black mark on BP as much as a Government oversight. They shouldn't have drilled that deep.
  14. It looks like they ran lean and that impacted long term durability. Probably needs a fueling adjustment. : Edit: A tune among other things.
  15. East Kentucky has had some low prices too. $2.74 in Hebron! Which is amazing since it's $3.15-3.19 for E85 out here in West Ky.
  16. Absolutely zero of the online window stickers show the dual fuel. > Maybe it's a regional thing? I'm going to walk the local ford dealership checking VIN#.
  17. I didn't have adobe reader installed. ugh Nice find Greengenes!
  18. Ford uses a leaf for their FFV, PZEV, and Hybrid badge. Only the PZEV exists on the Focus in North America :017:.
  19. You mean in the 3.0L v6 Fusion? None of Ford's USDM 4 cylinder engines are FFVs...
  20. I remember that being brought up. I mentioned that it sounds like the USDM Fiesta engine. Why is Europe getting Ford FFVs over us? What are we doing wrong?
  21. I'm bumping this to bring light to the fact that the 2012 Focus is here and it is still Gasoline only and no change in sight. Ford is also not advertising FFV at all on their website and instead pushing Ecoboost on the F-150 and BEVs. Plus the curb weight for the 2012 Focus is 2900lbs.
  22. 5 years sounds more reasonable than next year. Although that should have been enacted 10+ years ago IMHO. If we waited for market forces to do it we would be looking at who knows how many years of the same old same old. There isn't a big corporate push for Methanol if that's what you mean. quote=James48843 "It is simple. The legislation that keeps popping up was originally written in the early 1990's, when people didn't know if methanol was going to be a descent fuel or not. The politicians who are introducing the legislation don't know the difference. They are simply taking legislation words written 20 years ago and recycling them. That's all there is to it." Alternative energy is not a new concept and the big players haven't really changed. If anything they're not excluding any single source with the legislation. The only bad part about recycling the old legislation is that it wasn't accepted in the first place.
  23. I know from reading that in the early 90's OEMs were using E85 and M85 in FFVs. The price to add Methanol compatibility was said to be around $50 onto the $100 for Ethanol compatibility. Obviously, that campaign fizzled out with the price of Oil dropping. I'm morally opposed to it coming back since Methanol fumes and exhaust emissions are outright toxic when burned as opposed to being carcinogenic or simply bad for your health. And the cheapest source is Natural Gas/Methane. But it is an alternative to building special natural gas cars, and then the natural gas users wouldn't be dependent on one fuel source or a small sub-market of vehicles. I would support this bill if only because it is going to get us to a more open fuel market instead of a monopolistic market. I would probably finish reading the bill before actually voting though. The wording could make or break this.
  24. I couldn't find anything that recently referenced this story, perhaps a repost? Congressmen Promote Open Fuel Standard Obviously the commentary is eating up the Methanol and Ethanol FFV bit. And I am sure this has been brought up in congress several times already. Is 5 years enough time for this to happen? Chrysler, Ford, and GM have been adding FFVs for awhile now so is that an unreasonable length of a time line? Or perhaps this is simply too far for government to go and therefore just a show a power?
  25. 15% Eh? That's like paying a 21% price premium per BTU. Interesting.
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