ANN ARBOR — Drivers of flex-fuel vehicles now have more options for filling up their tanks,thanks to new E85 pumps recently installed at the Romulus BP gas station at 15024 Middlebelt Road.

To celebrate the biofuel pumps, this station will be offering E85 at the discounted price of $2.99 a gallon from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 22. (Customers are limited to no more than 40 gallons each.)

E85 is a blend of 15 percent unleaded gasoline and 85 percent ethanol primarily produced from corn. This alternative fuel can be used in flex-fuel vehicles, which have an internal combustion engine that runs on either E85 or gasoline.

Said Ali Dakroub, owner and operator of the gas station, noted that “8 million flex-fuel vehicles are on the roads in the United States, but many drivers don’t realize their cars are E85-compatible. It’s our hope that the increased availability of this fuel will encourage drivers to try E85 for themselves.”

Added Aaron Champion, coordinator of Detroit Area Clean Cities: “As a renewable, domestically-produced fuel, ethanol helps our country increase its energy security and break our dependence on foreign oil. It has environmental benefits too — E85 reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 52 percent compared to gasoline, providing drivers with an opportunity to reduce their personal impact on the environment. Once scarce, E85 is now more widely available, thanks to forward-thinking gas station owners like Dakroub.”

Funding for the E85 pump installation was provided in part by the U.S. Department of Energy’s I-75 Green Corridor Project, managed in Michigan by Clean Energy Coalition.

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