Thursday, March 31, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
NASCAR has gone green. I'm not talking about the huge number of green it takes to have a competitive NASCAR team. i'm talking fuel, baby. For the 2011 NASCAR season, all three NASCAR circuits have moved to running Sunoco "green" E-15 fuel. It's not the most "green fuel" but it is one of the first steps NASCAR is making to become more Eco-friendly. The E in E-15 stands for ethanol which in this case is an alcohol that is derived from corn. Corn is not the only material that can be used to produce ethanol fuels but it is one of the biggest most abundant crops in the United States. Sunoco's E-15 "green fuel " stands for ethanol 15%. E-15 is nothing more than 15% ethanol alcohol mixed with 85% gasoline. Most new cars produced today have what they call flex fuel engines. These new engines are capable of running both gasoline and highly concentrated ethanol mixes. The most popular in the United States is E-85 fuel which is 85% ethanol 15% gasoline. Green fuels come from renewable sources but the cost to make them into a usable fuel is very high compared to gasoline. To boot, most cars on the road today are not capable of running E-85 fuels. The cost to convert a gasoline engine to run on E-85 is outside most people's budgets to make it worth it. Most people who claim to be Eco friendly can't hide from the fact that people are going hungry in the world but we're using corn to make fuel. On top of that, you could expect to pay a lot more for "green fuels". Hydrogen is where its at! GO #99!