One of the problems major automakers cite as a reason that more ethanol isn't used in their flex-fuel vehicles is that the people who own the cars just don't know that you can put E85 into the tank. But there is another problem: not having any E85 available in your area. If you want to find out if you can get E85 locally, there has long been an ethanol station search available at the website of the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition. Douglas Cottrell ov
One of the first rules of numbers in corporate PR is to use the percentage when the actual number are small. For example, if you've got an SUV that get 10 mpg and you build a new version that gets 12, you don't say it has a two mpg jump, you say it's 20 percent. Much more impressive that way. So, what do we make of Ford's announcement yesterday that its European flexifuel vehicle sales jumped up 60 percent? Let's look at the numbers (which Ford provides, a good sign that they're confident).
Tomorrow (Friday the 26th) morning, bewteen 7 a.m. and 8:25 a.m., one gas station in Madison, Wisconsin (actually in a Madison suburb) will be giving away E85. First-come, first served. The exact location is mentioned in the GM press release after the jump.
First Portugal and Scandinavia, now it's the U.K.'s turn. Tourists, businessmen and collision survivors now have the option of renting green with the introduction of the Toyota Prius to Avis' UK fleets. In addition to being kinder to the environment, the Prius is also exempt from the U.K.'s congestion charge, making it more wallet-friendly.