The number of flex-fuel vehicles on American roads has passed 6 million vehicles, and more than 750,000 will hit the road during the auto manufacturers' 2008 model year.
Flex-fuel vehicles can run on E85, which is 85% ethanol and only 15% regular gasoline. They also can use E-10 (10% ethanol), regular gasoline or any combination of E85, E-10 and regular gas.
"Owners of flex-fuel vehicles are well positioned to take advantage of the growing ethanol marketplace," says Randy Klein, director of market development for the Nebraska Corn Board. "As corn-based ethanol continues expanding, so does the number of E85 pumps--and when cellulose and other advanced ethanol technologies come online, there will be even more ethanol available, meaning drivers of flex fuel vehicles will have the option to use the ultimate lower-cost, environmental-friendly fuel."
During the 2008 model year, 31 models of flex-fuel vehicles will be offered by Chrysler (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep), Ford (Ford, Mercury, Lincoln), General Motors (Chevrolet, Pontiac), Nissan and Mercedes Benz, according to the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition.
"We are pleased to see so many popular models offered with a flexible-fuel engine in 2008," says Phil Lampert, the coalition's executive director. "As we work to advance our national energy independence, we encourage consumers to consider the purchase of a flexible-fuel vehicle."
Klein says it is likely that more flex-fuel models will be announced during the next few months. He also notes that popular flex-fuel models from other manufacturers were built in 2007 and previous model years, so there is also the option of getting a great previously owned flex fuel vehicle.
To check for a complete list of flex-fuel vehicles for all model years, go to E85Fuel.com.
"The E85Fuel.com Web site also has an E85 pump finder, making it easier for motorists to find stations that carry E85," Klein adds.