More discussion on ethanol gas fuel efficiency, mpg...
Who reaps the profits of increased gasoline consumed, caused by the lower efficiency of E10 and E85?
Answers very widely, and this issue is widely debated. Gas suppliers receive tax credits and financial incentives (subsidy) for sale of E10 and E85 gas; But, most consumers do not notice a drop in pump sticker prices when a station switches over to ethanol enriched gas.
Sadly, consumers all to often incur additional costs beyond the price of gasoline when using E10.
Mechanical problems when using alcohol fuels are common, especially in older engines when switching from non-alcohol to alcohol gasoline. The release of years of accumulation of rust, sediment, and other material in your engine, will also be removed and released or dissolved or disintegrated from your engine and engine parts - Result is costly repairs from clogged filters, disintegration and drying of parts (especially rubber and plastic) and numerous other malfunction of motors caused by ethanol/alcohol.
Excess water, which ethanol will attract into fuel, can dramatically decrease mpg and engine performance. (Lean, water-diluted fuel).
- Service and maintain your engines to obtain the highest fuel efficiency.
- Where available, purchase conventional non-alcohol fuel.
- Adding alcohol-based fuel additives, octane enhancers, etc. may decrease fuel efficiency even more. View additive list.
There are many other measures you can take to improve your vehicle's mpg.
Even something as simple as checking and changing filters frequently, to prevent fuel restriction, will improve your mpg.
(Filters will become dirty quicker when using E10, due to it's cleansing & solvent abilities).
Are you driving a fuel efficient car?
Visit the U.S. government's official fuel economy website listing miles-per-gallon on new and used vehicles from 1985-present.
QUOTE: "Gas prices are up, and so is the volume of advertising for "gas-saving" products. When gasoline prices rise, consumers often look for ways to improve fuel efficiency. Although there are practical steps you can take to increase gas mileage, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns you to be wary of any gas-saving claims for automotive devices or oil and gas additives. Even for the few gas-saving products that have been found to work, the savings have been small..."