New Raleigh gas station pumps B20, E85 biofuels

Posted November 16, 2011

— A new Raleigh gas station offering two types of biofuels opened Wednesday, bringing more fuel options to the Triangle that contribute to energy independence and a better environment.

Crown Express Mart, at 1210 New Bern Ave., is the first place in Raleigh to have both B20 and E85 at its pumps. B20, made up of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel, can go into any diesel vehicle and usually costs about the same as gasoline.

E85, however, which is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, costs less than regular gas, but it takes more E85 to travel the same distance, said Anne Tazewell with the North Carolina Solar Center.

Tazewell said that bringing biofuel to the Triangle was a great step in the right direction.

"We have a long way to go in making these fuels more available in North Carolina," she said. "That's why we are grateful for these owners stepping up to the plate and providing more fuel choice for the Capital City.

Biodiesel, E85 pumps bring fuel options to Triangle Biodiesel, E85 pumps bring fuel options to Triangle

To kick off its grand opening celebration, the Crown station offered E85 for just 85 cents a gallon for 85 minutes Wednesday morning.

There are more than 40 types of flex-fuel cars that can run on ethanol or gas. That means more than 236,000 drivers in North Carolina could fill up on E85, a choice Tazewell said she hopes more people will make.

"We're spending a billion dollars a day on imported oil, most of it coming from countries that are hostile to us," she said. "Here, we can support the American farmer and burn a fuel that is cleaner for our engines."

Steve Walk, executive director of Protec Fuel, which supplies E85 across the Southeast, said that people choosing to fill up with ethanol allows for more innovation in the future.

"I'm working on a project that is going to make ethanol out of waste, out of garbage," Walk said. "(But) unless there is a market for E85 and other alternative fuel, those types of technologies won't be invented and won't be produced."


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  • markjb33 Nov 18, 2011

    If we are concerned that where we get oil from don't like us, there is a very vast supply available that could significantly lower demand for foreign oil and last well past we are all gone. I am not against bio-fuels, but they are not perfected yet, while still being perfected, Drill baby Drill, creates jobs a plenty too

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 18, 2011

    Every gallon of Ethanol produced raises the price of our food.

    Requiring Ethanol in our gas is a scam put in place to subsidize our farmers.

  • mmtlash Nov 17, 2011

    I predict alot of people putting the Ethanol gas in their car b/c of the .85 special and alot of people having car trouble after. Aren't there alot of cars that don't do well with the ethanol gas? Like high mileage older models?

  • CrewMax Nov 17, 2011

    Wow. That "E" looks like the Obama national emblem.

  • smalldogsrule Nov 17, 2011

    E85 reduces efficiency, but it gives you a boos of about 13% in horsepower. It does destroy your engines.

    And I am sorry, I cannot support using FOOD to make fuel for our over sized SUV's when there are people going hungry around the world.

  • geosol Nov 16, 2011

    Cool! Good to see Raleigh finally having these home-grown fuels available. I'm tired of buying petroleum from people who hate us and helping to make them richer! I really don't think places like Russia, Venezuela, Iran, and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia have our best interests at heart. Now we need to work on making biofuels more efficiently, a good investment for the U.S.

  • WooHoo2You Nov 16, 2011

    So much misinformation and propaganda in the previous comments. Not even close to reality...

  • kj90 Nov 16, 2011

    Ethanol comes from corn extract. How would this impact the price on corn and other daily resources that comprise this alternative? My SUV cannot take ethanol, because the quality is so poor. Its like adding water to coffee.

  • vraptor Nov 16, 2011

    Guess what??? These fuels rust your expensive engines and ruin them. It is especially bad for boat where they sit for long periods of time.

    Have fun ruining your new toys with these fuels..

  • Vietnam Vet Nov 16, 2011

    If it takes MORE E85 to travel a given distance, then what's the point??? And if SaveEnergyMan is correct we're using the dame amount of fossil fuels, so E85 is better, why???