Kum & Go is teaming up with the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) this summer to host a series of events along the Front Range, drawing attention to ethanol, E85 and Flex-Fuel Vehicles, and informing the public of their many benefits.
The next promotion is set for Tuesday, June 21, at the Kum & Go station near Longmont, located at 13799 Pacific Circle (near the intersection of Interstate 25 and State Highway 66.)
The event this coming Tuesday and all others this summer will include big discounts on E85 (85 cents per gallon) and giveaways, and Colorado Corn staff and others will be on site spreading the good word about this clean-burning, American-made biofuel.
E85 is an abbreviation for a fuel blend of 70 to 85 percent ethanol with the remainder being gasoline, and is available for use in Flex-Fuel Vehicles. Many common makes and models of vehicles released during the past decade are flex-fuel capable, with an estimated 250,000-plus Flex-Fuel Vehicles on the roads here in Colorado.
For anyone who’s unsure if they’re driving a Flex-Fuel Vehicle, there’s typically a yellow gas cap, or an emblem on the back of the vehicle indicating if it’s a Flex-Fuel Vehicle.
In addition to Colorado Corn and Kum & Go’s involvement, local ethanol producer, Front Range Energy in Windsor, Colo., is supporting these events by supplying the E85 fuel for Kum & Go.
Remaining schedule for this summer’s Kum & Go E85 promotions:
- June 28, Colorado Springs (7385 Duryea Drive)
- July 5, Wellington (8150 6th St.)
- July 12, Monument (1410 Cipriani Loop)
Why are ethanol fuel blends like E85 so beneficial?
REDUCED EMISSIONS – In 2015, ethanol was credited with lowering U.S. CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by 41.2 million metric tons – the equivalent of removing 8.7 million cars from the road.
- IMPROVING YOUR HEALTH – Biofuels displace other cancer-causing gasoline additives, like benzene, which is the same chemical found in cigarette smoke.
- REDUCED IMPORTED OIL – With 14.8 billion gallons of domestic ethanol used in the U.S. in 2015, our net import oil dependence was lowered to 25 percent, but otherwise would have been 32 percent.
- ECONOMIC IMPACT – In 2015, ethanol supported 85,967 direct jobs, added $44 billion to our GDP, and increased household income by $24 billion, much of which took place in our nation’s rural areas.
- LOWERING FUEL PRICES AT THE PUMP – The increase in overall fuel supplies with domestically produced ethanol being blended with gasoline helps lower gas prices at the pump, by anywhere from $0.50-$1.50 per gallon.
- POSITIVE ENERGY BALANCE – One unit of energy invested in the corn ethanol production process results in 2.3 units of usable energy in the form of ethanol.
- ENOUGH TO GO AROUND – Today’s efficient farmers ensure adequate supplies of corn are available for use in food, biofuels and other purposes, while also carrying over 1.5 to 2.5 billion bushels annually.