Next gas in DC

Next gas

Originally uploaded by tbridge.

Check it out, alternative fuels are now available in the DC area. The NEX gas station by the Pentagon us now carrying both biodiesel and E85 Ethanol. Prices are, as you might expect, a little higher than normal fuel, but if you want to be Green, go right for it.

Of course E85 may cost you 10 horsepower and could be a little less carbon friendly, there’s still something to be said for having the option, which has been lacking here in the Metro area.

Aside from the NEX, I understand that the Chevron on Georgetown is also carrying E85.

6 Comments so far

  1. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

    I have one concern about this fuel, in addition to the price issue. How will our fuel filters deal with the alcohol-based fuels? Try pouring alcohol onto filter paper and notice how the paper breaks down. As far as I know, there have not been significant changes in the filter industry, although I have been out of that business for almost ten years and don’t rightly know for sure.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 11:36 pm

    Vehicles built for E85 use special filters, I believe, Carl, to handle just such issues.

  3. Krempasky (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 12:18 am

    It’s not the horsepower (which is an issue) but the reduced gas mileage you get. cellulosic ethanol (not yet a reality) is going to be a GREAT improvement overall.

    (disclosure: my firm has clients in the energy industry)

  4. Don (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 6:45 am

    Although the mileage isn’t a negligible issue, there’s already two fuels at the pump with notably different gas mileages – regular gas and diesel. Diesel has a higher energy potential, which is why even at similar prices you get more miles for your dollar.

  5. Bob from ALAMN (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 8:06 am

    E85 has higher octatane than regular unleaded, burns cooler and cleaner and yes, gets fewer miles per gallon. We at the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest have studied the emissions from E85 (and gasoline) and we strongly support E85 as an alternative fuel for flex-fuel vehicles. See for much more on E85.

    Bob Moffitt. communications director, clean fuel & vehicle technologies program, ALAUM.

  6. ANON (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 8:51 am

    The Chevron is in Glover Park (Wisconsin and Calvert, which is upper Glover Park at that), not Georgetown. Although it is actually named Georgetown Chevron. Which follows the rule that as you walk away from a “desirable” neighborhood, the name starts to appear more and more frequently.

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