Which Fuel Is Better -- Ethanol Or Gasoline?

Discovering Some Of The Basic Differences In Today's Fuel

When it comes down to it, fuel is what makes the world go round. Without it, getting to work or going on vacation becomes quite the challenge. Nowadays many of us are being presented with a choice in which type of fuel we decide to put into our vehicles. If you're one of the many consumers confused about the issue and which fuel you should use, you're not alone. Here are some facts to help you understand the differences between ethanol and gasoline.

Good Old Gasoline

For most of us, when it comes down to it, gasoline is still the fuel of choice. It is what we are familiar with and it has been the staple of the fuel industry for over a century. Because of this, is it no wonder that we feel gasoline is the best choice for operating our vehicles. In this day and age, however, there at least 3 factors that may make you want to change your mind.

The first and most noticeable difference between gasoline and ethanol is the price. The cost of gasoline has been forever on the rise with no end in sight.

And there's the environment issue... The emissions created from burning gasoline pollutes the atmosphere, which may lead to global warming.

And of course there is the fact that gasoline is a limited resource. Once we've used it up, there's no going back for more.

Ethanol aka E85

So does the use of ethanol address the problems posed by gasoline?

Ethanol is no stranger to those of us who visit the gas pump. All you have to do is read the pump to see that much of the gas we buy already has up to 10% ethanol in it. That balance, however, changes to 85 percent when ethanol is used as the primary fuel -- hence the name E85.

This type of fuel is derived from corn and is often referred to as biofuel. Like gasoline, however, there are some factors that should be considered before selecting this fuel type.

First you need to understand that only certain vehicles are able to make use of E85. Although many auto makers are planning to make their vehicles compatible with their cars and trucks, not many older cars will be able to handle E85.

Another point to keep in mind is that E85 isn't always available at your local gas station. You might have to drive a bit further to get it.

The Bottom Line

Whether you choose to use gasoline, ethanol or both, you now have a head start on understanding some of the basic differences between the fuel types and the impact that each of them has on your car, your wallet and the environment. Remember, the decision of which fuel you use not only affects your finances, but also the world you live in.

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