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Jerseyman4

South Carolina & Ethanol

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Not bad South Carolina, there are plenty of gas stations to fill up on E85! Only in the midwest, you will find more stations. I hope this is the road to less dependance on foreign energy. Id rather give a midwestern farmer a buck than the greedy OPEC nations & big oil comapnies. Can your car run on E85?

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One of Columbia's alternative newspapers, the Free Times, had an article about the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel source not too long ago.

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Mine cant. I almost filled up with that stuff one time. I am not convinced that ethanol is the way to go.

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Ethanol is not the most cost effective way to go, but at present there aren't many alternatives. :(

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Not Ethanol, but Spinx has started pumping some of the bio diesel made from soy. The fuel is made in the Upstate and has some great potential as a viable alternative fuel.

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Well during WWII when gas rationing was in effect, my grandfather, who was a moonshiner during prohibition, got his still out and brewed up some 199 proof "mountain dew". He then mixed this with the little gasoline that he could get with the gas stamps alloted to him and used the resulting mixture to run his Ford truck and tractor for his farm in Lancaster. He used corn which he grew on the farm so it did indeed work for him and this was over 60 years ago. I am sure he would be amused, if he were around today, at the discussions over alternative fuels.

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Not Ethanol, but Spinx has started pumping some of the bio diesel made from soy. The fuel is made in the Upstate and has some great potential as a viable alternative fuel.

I would like to use this! I know it's out there for us, but can it go in anything?

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Biodiesel can be used in any car with a diesel engine. Granted diesel vehicles are not that common here now, but they make up something like 55% of the cars sold in Europe. Even manufacturers like Honda make a diesel Accord for Europe. The other advantage of diesel are they get much higher mileage, some say even better than hybrids which have a lot of hype surrounding them.

Right now you are pretty much limited to VW, Mercedes, and the Jeep Liberty for diesel options. (GM & Ford make diesel trucks, but I would not recommend them for day to day transportation as they are so large they still use a lot of fuel.)

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Biodiesel can be used in any car with a diesel engine. Granted diesel vehicles are not that common here now, but they make up something like 55% of the cars sold in Europe. Even manufacturers like Honda make a diesel Accord for Europe. The other advantage of diesel are they get much higher mileage, some say even better than hybrids which have a lot of hype surrounding them.

Right now you are pretty much limited to VW, Mercedes, and the Jeep Liberty for diesel options. (GM & Ford make diesel trucks, but I would not recommend them for day to day transportation as they are so large they still use a lot of fuel.)

thanks for clearing this up monsoon!

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Well during WWII when gas rationing was in effect, my grandfather, who was a moonshiner during prohibition, got his still out and brewed up some 199 proof "mountain dew". He then mixed this with the little gasoline that he could get with the gas stamps alloted to him and used the resulting mixture to run his Ford truck and tractor for his farm in Lancaster. He used corn which he grew on the farm so it did indeed work for him and this was over 60 years ago. I am sure he would be amused, if he were around today, at the discussions over alternative fuels.

haha, thats cool. I think there was an episode of the Dukes of Hazard about that :)

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South Carolina ranks at the top across the Southeast in gas stations offering drivers alternative fuels. About 35 stations offer E85. Only six other states nationwide have more E85 stations. Also, Greenville ranks second nationwide, behind Austin, in cities offering B20, a blend of 80 percent diesel and 20 percent biodiesel, usually made from soybeans.

Unlike biodiesel, which can run any diesel engine, E85 goes only in

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Pumpers in Greenville has all E10 in its tanks.

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Pumpers in Greenville has all E10 in its tanks.

I was just there the other day.. its like 10 cents cheaper than all the other stations and that makes me happy!! :D

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Here are a few facts about ethanol in this state:

  • South Carolina ranks at the top across the Southeast in gas stations offering drivers alternative fuels.

  • Greenville ranks second nationwide, behind Austin, Texas, in cities offering B20, a blend of 80 percent diesel and 20 percent biodiesel, usually made from soybeans, according to the National Biodiesel Board.

  • Last summer, the (Greenville-based) Spinx station in Greer, S.C., became the first truck stop on the East Coast to offer B20, according to the biodiesel board. A year later, 35 of his South Carolina stores offer B20 and 18 offer E85.

  • The state's first biodiesel processor opened in Greenville County in March.

One of many sources

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^You know I just posted that info a few posts up, right? :P

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Absolutely. It just looks nicer to me in this format for some reason.

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Pumpers in Greenville has all E10 in its tanks.

I was just there the other day.. its like 10 cents cheaper than all the other stations and that makes me happy!! :D

So if you get E10, its 10 cents cheaper but if you fill up with E85 (of course, if you car can run on it), is it 85 cents cheaper? :rofl:

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Absolutely. It just looks nicer to me in this format for some reason.

Well in the future, I'll make sure to present the info I wish to post beforehand to you so you can do a better job at presentation. ;)

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Better be careful about introducing ethanol in SC. Some people will start drinking it.

One of Columbia's alternative newspapers, the Free Times, had an article about the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel source not too long ago.

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