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Lately I've been noticing that gas prices have been going back up but E-85 prices are staying the same, at least here. So I was wondering if it is possible to run it in a normal car. Anybody knowif it's been done or if its even possible?

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our hondas are designed to run E85. they can run it right out of the box. now before you go pump it in your tank , my 01 civic can run it. just check your owners manual , if you have an older car , than you prolly should find out first. but im you can run it in anything that runs regular pump gas.

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see the problem is, that it would take double your fuel consumption if you ran 100%. so in all reality you'd be paying more, cause you'd be gettin half the fuel mileage. granted your running 15%, but still your loosing some.

 

now, when you run e-85, how does honda distinguish the difference? wouldn't it be running lean all the time like any other normal car that runs off of it?

 

how does it know when to inject more fuel to not run lean?

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No Mycarsux is right, It is 85% ethanol, because in MN the gas is already 15% ethanol. And I haven't experienced any degradation in fuel economy since I moved here, in fact it increased.

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Yeah, it's 85% Ethanol. That's why a car has to be E85 compliant to run the stuff. I couldn't run E85 in my teg without doing damage. Casey's General Stores in my area have been using a 10% Ethanol Mix in their 89 Octane for 10 years or more.

 

E85 actually won't save you much if any money...might even cost you more. Yeah, it's cheaper to get, but you'll get less gas mileage with it, so it pretty much evens out. Cost savings isn't the reason that everybody is swithching or looking at E85. E85 is happening because it's an alternative fuel source to fossil fuels and is better for the environment.

 

I predict, that by the time that E85 becomes widespreadly used (next few years)....and by widespread, I mean used about as much as regular fuel, that we won't be using either. Electric Cars are our future IMO with hydrogen cells also a possibility.

 

Tesla Roadster is the first to come to mind. Fully electric, Crazy good performance, and 250 miles per charge.....1 cent per mile equivalent. Now all they need to do is get a self recharging system like solar panels integrated into the top panels of the car to store energy,...... or how about a setup on each wheels that recharges in the same fashion that old water wheels and windmills create energy.

 

Ramble Over.

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our hondas are designed to run E85

 

sorry my bad , i meant E10. was thinking it the other way around , hondas out of the box can run up to 15%. at least thats what mine can run.

 

now, when you run e-85, how does honda distinguish the difference? wouldn't it be running lean all the time like any other normal car that runs off of it?

 

how does it know when to inject more fuel to not run lean?

 

sensors and an ecu , with the equations incorporated into its eeprom i assume.

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The newer GM flex vehicles can run both, but most cars can not. The ecu has to be programmed correctly to compensate for the increased consumption of the e85. But otherwise cranny is dead on, there really isn't any different between gas and e85 as far as engine parts go. Supposedly they are working on a plug in module that will allow anyone to fill up their normal vehicle with e85 with the flip of a switch.

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No Mycarsux is right, It is 85% ethanol, because in MN the gas is already 15% ethanol. And I haven't experienced any degradation in fuel economy since I moved here, in fact it increased.

Oh ok...

Thanks for misleading me, Pyro :nono:

 

EDIT: Let me add to this discussion. I hope you guys know that the only reason ethanol is somewhat big now is because of the "alternative fuel" rage these days. They're just trying to find something else that we can run our cars off of. For environmental reasons and to get us off of our dependency for gasoline.

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