E85 Sales Top 1 Million Gallon Mark in North Dakota

Dec 07, 2011, 10:44 ET from American Lung Association in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Annual statewide sales of E85, a cleaner-burning fuel consisting primarily of ethanol, surpassed the 1 million gallon mark in North Dakota in September.  Approximately 660,000 gallons of E85 were sold in North Dakota in 2010, up from 275,000 gallons in 2009. The state now has more than 70 retail outlets for E85 and each month, sales of E85 in 2011 have exceeded that same month's 2010 sales. 

"This is an important achievement the entire state can celebrate," said Joey Roberson-Kitzman, coordinator of the North Dakota Clean Cities program. "As the number of stations has grown and more people have become aware of the benefits of using E85, we have seen steady growth in sales.  It proves that people will choose a cleaner-burning fuel when given the opportunity."

E85 can only be used in "flex fuel vehicles" (FFVs) that are built to use either E85, gasoline, or other high-ethanol blends. There are more than 41,000 FFVs registered in North Dakota. The American Lung Association in North Dakota recognizes E85 as a Clean Air Choice that flex fuel vehicle drivers can make today to reduce their impact on air quality and lung health.

For more information on E85, where to buy the fuel or to see if your vehicle can use E85, visit the American Lung Association in North Dakota's Clean Air Choice website, CleanAirChoice.org.

SOURCE American Lung Association in North Dakota