Education Needed to Raise Awareness of Alternative Fuel - DatelineCarolina

Education Needed to Raise Awareness of Alternative Fuel

Ethanol and bio diesel are cheaper than regular gas. Ethanol and bio diesel are cheaper than regular gas.

By Meredith Harvie

    Monty Smith thinks once people become more educated about alternative fuel for their cars, they will help move the nation away from oil dependency.  Smith is a spokesman for  United Energy Distributors that sells alternative fuel.

    "The more people are educated on alternative fuels, that'll just be the ticket. That's what we need to get away from. We need to gradually ween ourselves away from the dependency on crude oil."

    United Energy Distributors is the oldest company to sell alternative fuel in the Southeast. They say bio diesel and ethanol, made from agricultural sources, are cheaper than regular crude oil gas in many places.

    Many gas companies are starting to sell a gasoline/ethanol mix, says Smith.  Gasoline powered vehicles can use fuel with up to 10% ethanol.  Any higher than 10% ethanol and you'll have to have a flex-fuel vehicle. Flex-fuel vehicles can use gas that has 85% ethanol and only 15% gas. This is the cheapest type of fuel.

    By 2008, all pumps will be using gas with 10% ethanol in it. Experts say this should lower gas prices slightly.

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