The University of Arizona switched many of the vehicles in its fleet to E85 in August. Despite an unflattering test in Consumer Reports
that shows E85 is less fuel efficient
, university officials say they'll keep using the cleaner-burning mix. A university official said fuel economy
is 10 percent less than with gasoline (which skeptics would challenge since most tests, including the CR review, reveal at least a 25 to 30 percent drop in fuel economy). A check of the Tucson
prices showed E85 only a few pennies less than gas, so the switch is a money-loser on the bottom line to the university, even at the 10-percent reduction in mileage. Officials stress that there are other benefits to consider and with expanded use of ethanol
there will be a "substantial impact on improving air quality."
[Source: Arizona Daily Star]