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AutoGuide’s regular “Under the Hood” segment has already explained the vagaries of octane and the advantages of Top Tier gasoline, but there’s so much more to fuel than that. Ethanol, for instance, is a major component of gas, and something that’s a potential peril for consumers. But what is ethanol? And what is E85? Should you run these fuels in your vehicle?
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In short, it's a completely renewable fuel. We don't have to rely on foreign oil, you make great power with it, but you get shitty mileage. It's cheaper than regular gas. It isn't a good fuel to run in winter, because it's 85% alcohol, alcohol absorbs moisture. Winter = tons of moisture in the air.

There, I summed up E85.

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In short, it's a completely renewable fuel.
Until the aquifers run dry because of the water-intensive way we produce the crap.

In short, it's a government subsidized scam.
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Like top-shelf Scotch Whiskey or bargain-basement vodka, ethanol is basically a grain alcohol, and one you could drink. But don’t EVER think of bellying up to your local gas pump. Fuel-grade ethanol has literally been poisoned to prevent would-be partiers from getting a cheap buzz. Put your shot glasses down and step away from the filling nozzle.

Honestly though, my idea of e85 is .. it's cool as a hybrid system, but we will never get to the point that we can rely on the stuff. The crop itself would probably have to consume the size of China for the American population to "rely" on it for their daily needs. And that.. kinda ruins the space for more important stuff such as food lol

I think some day we'll get to the point it's a trustworthy item, but we aren't there yet. From what I've been told it causes a few problems due to its natural alcohol content and just kinda eats away at things, and it's just .. so un-economical right now it doesn't make it worth it. So few mpgs with it meaning we'd have to produce more of it, then it's ruining stuff on top of that and nothing exactly is a year-round crop..

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Until the aquifers run dry because of the water-intensive way we produce the crap.

In short, it's a government subsidized scam.
There's these things called Rivers. There's lots of water in them.

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I own a flex-fuel car (aka, it can run E85). It has it's perks. E85 is produced primarily from corn or sugarcane. But it can also be made from a weed that is EVERYWHERE and grows in even the harshest of climates. That being said, I still have yet to run E85 yet personally to see the benefits and cons of it, due to the fact that it isn't exactly readily available. However, I am considering making my own. To make 50 gallons, you need 100 pounds of corn, 100 gallons of water, and 5 gallons of regular gasoline. Luckily enough for me, corn won't cost me anything due to having farmer relatives. I don't pay for water where I live, so basically, it's only going to cost me the $15 for 5 gallons of gas. So if I can get 50 gallons worth of fuel for $15. That means...$0.30 a gallon. That alone is something to consider. If you can produce it yourself, it's worth it. Now the question is, if you don't have the luxury of having corn and water available to you at no cost, the question becomes, how much are you actually saving? I'm sure it's still a lot more than filling up at a station.

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