Drivers can fill up with E85 at $2.85/gallon
WHO: Danny “Chocolate” Myers, legendary NASCAR gasman, and Curator, Richard Childress Racing Museum; Chris Bender, Director, Government and Public Affairs, Novozymes; Marcy Bauer, Engineering Extension Specialist, North Carolina Solar Center; Kokila Amin, Owner, KarGO Express Mart
WHAT: Legendary NASCAR gasman and host of Tradin’ Paint, popular racing show on Sirius-XM NASCAR 90 “Chocolate” Myers will pump patrons’ E85 ( 85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) fuel, sign autographs and help raise awareness about flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs) and renewable fuels for E(arth)-85 Day. The station will offer E85 at $2.85/gallon and have several new FFVs on display including the public unveiling of the new Novozymes ‘Zymobile’ – a colorfully-wrapped Dodge Charger promoting advanced biofuels made using the Franklinton, North Carolina company’s enzyme technology. FFVs are capable of operating on E85, gasoline or any blend in between.
The first two patrons to fill up after 11:00 a.m. will be awarded a pair of tickets to the NASCAR Charlotte race over Memorial Day Weekend, courtesy of Novozymes.
WHEN: Friday, April 20, 2012; 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: KarGO Express Mart, 1210 New Bern Ave, Raleigh
WHY: April 16-22 is Earth Week, with April 22 celebrated as Earth Day. As gas prices continue to climb higher into the peak driving season, consumers need to know they have a choice today at the pump. American-made biofuels have between 60-90% less CO2 emissions than gasoline, generally help reduce the price of a gallon of gasoline, and flex-fuel vehicles are available today at no extra cost to take advantage of using this fuel.
Auto manufacturers are offering over 60 FFVs makes and models in 2012 and have pledged to increase production annually. According to RL Polk in 2011 there were over 236,000 FFVs in North Carolina. There are only 18 service stations in the state that offer the high blend of renewable fuel. The KarGO Express Mart is the only E85 station in Raleigh.
NASCAR has been using E15 (a blend of 15% ethanol and gasoline) in their racing series since 2011. Drivers and team management alike have found the fuel to be an overall benefit to their cars’ performance.
On April 2, the Environmental Protection Agency approved the first applications from gas stations for registration of fuel made with a blend of 15-percent ethanol, or E15. To enable widespread adoption of E15, the Obama administration has set a goal to help fueling station owners install 10,000 blender pumps over the next five years.