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State Cars May Have Trouble Filling Up

Date: October 10, 2007
By: Courtney Cox
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: State ethanol supporters are acknowledging that state cars utilizing E85 may have have trouble filling their tanks.

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Half of the new vehicles purchased by the state of Missouri are required by law to be E85 compatible. 

Operating the cars on the eighty-five percent ethanol blend may be difficult, as Missouri has less than one hundred E85 fill stations, the majority located rural areas.

Gary Marshall is the CEO of Missouri Corn Growers Association. He says major oil companies are one reason for the lack of E85 availability.

 

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Description: "Major oil companies will not allow credit cards, their own credit cards to be used for E85. In a lot of  cases, the major oil companies will not allow E85 under their canopy. They have franchise agreements with the oil jobbers and marketers, the gas marketers, which prohibit them from putting E85 under their canopy."

Currently, plans are underway for more E85 fill stations, including up to 15 in the St. Louis area.

From the state capitol, I'm Courtney Cox.