E85 Motor Fuel Price Competitive with Gasoline in parts of the Midwest

  • 19 Sep 2013
  • By U.S. Energy Information Administration
  • Topics: Energy

Approaches Price Parity on Energy-Content Basis

The retail price of E85 motor fuel, which is gasoline blended with up to 85% ethanol, has fallen in recent months. While ethanol has been cheaper than regular gasoline on a per-gallon basis for several years, ethanol's lower energy content often meant that consumers paid more per mile when using higher ethanol blends such as E85. However, recent declines in E85 prices at stations offering that fuel in several Midwestern states have brought E85 close to price parity with regular gasoline on an energy content basis.

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