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E85 Fuels The 2007 Auto Show Season

Published Jan 13th 2007, 9:32pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

This year’s trend in automobiles and concepts seems to lean toward the ethanol variety. According to, E85 is the term for motor fuel blends of 85 percent ethanol and just 15 percent gasoline. E85 is an alternative fuel as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Mazda_ryuga_1 Besides its superior performance characteristics, ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline; it is a completely renewable, domestic, environmentally friendly fuel that enhances the nation's economy and energy independence.

There were quite a few models on display this year and here is a helping of some of them: Subaru Legacy and Outback, Mazda Ryuga concept, Jeep Trailhawk concept, Kia Kue concept, Hyundai Veracruz.

If you are wishing that you could jump on board with the ethanol movement with your current vehicle, you might be in luck:

Jeeptrailhawk_1 To determine if your vehicle is E85 compatible you MUST follow both steps:
1. Check to see if your vehicle is one listed below. Be certain to check the ENGINE SIZE of the vehicle. (If your vehicle is not listed, your vehicle is NOT E85 compatible)

·    Daimler Chrysler
·    Ford
·    General Motors
·    Isuzu
·    Mazda
·    Mercedes
·    Mercury
·    Nissan

2. If the vehicle and engine size is one listed above, check the 8th digit in the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and correlate to what is listed as the 8th digit on the link here.
If you have more questions about E85 ethanol, check out this great E85 FAQ.

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