North Dakota Embraces Cleaner-Burning E85 Fuel

Annual statewide sales of E85, a cleaner-burning fuel consisting primarily of ethanol, surpassed the 1 million gallon mark in North Dakota in September, according to the state's American Lung Association.

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 sales of the fuel this year have well exceeded those in 2010, the association says.

E85 can only be used in ‘flex fuel vehicles’ that are built to use either E85, gasoline or other high-ethanol blends. The association notes there are more than 41,000 such vehicles registered in North Dakota.

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