Here Today, Corn Tomorrow: The E85 Road Trip
With only 750 American gas stations providing the corn juice for flex-fuel vehicles, there's more E85 hype than E85. Which is the point collegiate road tripper Mark Pike and his cohorts over at kicktheoilhabit.org decided to make by attempting an E85-only trek across the North American landmass in flex-fuel Crown Vic supplied by the bad mo fo's at FoMoCo. In the PR sense, the trip's a hit. Pike's Vic has garnered a bushel of free publicity for the supporters of fuel coming from Billy Ford's "heartland." Of course, the socio-polticial issues surrounding E85 production, transportation and provision are only slightly less complex than the home assembly instructions for a Bowflex Versatrainer. [Read Mark Hasty's post on E85 economics on tomorrow's TTAC.] A quick call to Mr. Pike revealed that the flex-fuel campaigner is a bit of a piker in terms of the fine print, but props are due. The most socially responsible thing I ever did during my college vacation was making sure that my empties were placed in a proper trash receptacle.
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