Original article published by the Nebraska Corn Board.
New flex fuel pumps are now open in three Nebraska towns: Lewis and Clark Mini Mart in Crofton, Tom’s Service in Pierce, and Country Partners Co-op in Spalding.
These locations add to the more than 85 locations in Nebraska with E85/flex fuel pumps that offer ethanol-blended fuels such as E85 for flex fuel vehicles. Lewis and Clark Mini Mart and Tom’s Service both offer E85 and E30 for flex fuel vehicles, as well as E10 for all vehicles. Country Partners Co-op in Spalding has E85, E30, and E20 for flex fuel vehicles in addition to E10.
When flex fuel drivers fill up on E85 and other ethanol blends, they’re strengthening Nebraska’s economy, creating jobs, making our country more energy independent and helping the environment.
“We have been working hard to get flex fuel pumps located across Nebraska,” said Kim Clark, director of biofuels development for the Nebraska Corn Board. “It has been a struggle to get more infrastructure installed, because of the commitment a fuel retailer has to make, so it’s exciting to see flex fuel pumps go into these three new locations.”
Todd Sneller, Nebraska Ethanol Board administrator said, “Ethanol saves motorist money at the pump. For a short period of time, ethanol prices were very close to gasoline, but now we are seeing a larger spread, and it is very economical to use ethanol-blended fuels, especially for flex fuel vehicles.”
Clark notes that one in 10 Nebraska motorists currently own a flex fuel vehicle which can run on any blend of ethanol and gasoline, up to E85, and they don’t even know it.
“If you have a yellow gas cap or a yellow ring around your gas port or see a flex fuel badge on your vehicle, you are driving a flex fuel vehicle,” Clark said. You can also confirm if a vehicle is flex fuel, by checking the owner’s manual.
Grand opening details for each location will be available at a later date.
These pumps were paid for in part by a grant provided by the Nebraska Corn Board. These locations are supporting the local economy and creating jobs by offering a homegrown, locally produced fuel, ethanol.