|E85 stations in the US. Click to enlarge.|
There are now 1,000 publicly and privately accessed E85 fueling locations throughout the United States according to the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC). That number represents about 0.6% of the number of gasoline fueling stations in the US (170,000).
In October 2005, the E85 outlet count was 438—the number has more than doubled in 12 months. A Cenex site in Bemidji, Minnesota, became the one-thousandth facility today.
Frankly, we have had so many stations opening lately that determining which is the 1,000th E85 outlet in the United States is a challenge. It is terrific to recognize Bemidji, but it might have just as easily been a Holiday in St. Louis Park or a Kwik Trip in Rochester or a Spur in Duluth. All are important and none more so than the next. In Minnesota, many flex-fuel vehicle owners now have a station near where they live or work, and that’s really boosting sales.—Tim Gerlach of the Minnesota E85 Team
Minnesota is the E85 leader in the US, with more than 300 E85 outlets in the state. Minnesota drivers are also the nation’s leading users of E85, buying an estimated 2.3 million gallons in August 2006 and expected to buy 20 million gallons by the end of the year. The Minnesota E85 Team is a public/private partnership that promotes E85 use in the state.
The current national breakdown is 946 publicly accessed and 56 private fleet accessed locations, covering thirty-nine states. Arkansas and Massachusetts just recently added their first E85 facility to each of their states.
From a very humble beginning of a few stations in Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa, achieving this level of stations is significant. While 1,000 stations is only a drop in the so called “fueling station bucket”, recent progress has been incredible.—Phil Lampert, Executive Director of the NEVC
The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition posts the most complete and up-to-date listing of E85 refueling locations.