Driving with Bio-ethanol
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Archive for August, 2008

Filling up at short notice

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Today I had an appointment about 100km today, and it was only last night that I realised that I didn’t have enough bio-ethanol in the tank for the return journey.

For the first time, I had to make a detour to fill up with bio-ethanol, meaning that I had to leave earlier to allow enough time to drive to Bad Homburg before I hit the motorway.

Of course, I could have driving down the road to the nearest petrol station and filled up with normal 95-octane fuel, but with that sort of fuel costing around 50% more than bio-ethanol, I felt it was worth making the detour.

But the whole situation did make me conscious of the restrictions of the bio-ethanol fuel.¬† After all, I don’t get as many kilometres out of a tank as I used to with normal petrol.¬† I quick check of the list of petrol stations that stock E85 also showed me that there was nothing suitable in the area that I was travelling to.¬† Well, at least not without going out of my way and looking for it.

So in the end I took the quickest option and visited my usual petrol station, and wished it hadn’t been necessary.¬† Will the main petrol stations, especially those on motorway service stations, ever start stocking bio-ethanol?

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