I am not a fan of E-85 fuel, which contains 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, because the disadvantages may outweigh the advantages. However, the writer of the letter "Don't be fooled by low price of E-85" [Feb. 24] is wrong when he says, "Simply put, a gallon of E-85 will only carry your car half the distance of a gallon of gasoline."
A simple Internet search will show that E-85 does significantly better than 50 percent. The federal Department of Energy's website says that "since ethanol contains less energy per volume than gasoline," flexible-fuel vehicles typically get about 25 to 30 percent fewer miles per gallon when fueled with E-85. This is borne out by independent private-sector tests.
Ed Schwartz, Dix Hills