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Letter: Ethanol mileage is better than half

A sign advertises the availability of ethanol E85

A sign advertises the availability of ethanol E85 fuel at a gas station in Chicago on Jan. 27, 2006. Credit: Getty Images

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