Minnesota station to offer 85-cent fuel

ST. PAUL, Minn., March 30 (UPI) -- With gas hovering near $2 a gallon, long lines are expected when a St. Paul, Minn., service station sells fuel for 85 cents a gallon.

It's not a gas war. It's for the Friday observance of "National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day."


The SuperAmerica station plans the one-day promotion for E85, a high octane, cleaner-burning alternative fuel made from 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent petroleum.

The catch is the blend can be used only by an estimated 100,000 flexible fuel vehicles in the state. Minnesota drivers used an estimated 2.2 million gallons of E85 last year, more than any other state.

"With gasoline prices at record prices, and no relief in sight, I expect many people who own vehicles which can run on either E85 or gasoline to make the trip to (the service station) Friday," said Tim Gerlach of the American Lung Association of Minnesota.

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