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Might consider this conversion. E85 here is now at $1.16 gallon. Regular is $1.59 and premium is $1.98.
I see your point. I have yet figured out what specific blend nets me the best economy. I have noticed that my economy doesn't take a hit at a lower blend. I just have not found that point and been able to keep track. I plan to but right now with work it is hard since I don't drive much but a mile to work and back for the next five months.I can't and don't disagree on what can be a lower cost, I have a local station that sells E85. I have no issues with a flex fuel vehicle and like them because the fuel has a higher octane rating than the 91 octane I can get locally. I like the fact it is a renewable resource. That is why I am getting the conversion for my Cruze.
What I don't get is how can an E10 or E15 blend can be better for the environment when I have to burn 20% more fuel with E10 or E15. If I replace 10% of the bad, with 10% of the good, but have to burn 20% of the bad, as in my real life example above it seems I have used more of the bad. I just don't get the logic. I have read reports from the University of Minnesota stating the same issue. You need to up the the content to an E30 or E35 which gets the same gas mileage if not better then an E10, in a properly tuned car. Then you are replacing 30% of the bad with 30% of the good and the gas mileage is still ~ a 20% decrease so you have come out ahead in that case.