The first E85 gasoline pump in Creston is opening as early as Tuesday at the Farmer’s Cooperative fuel pumps on 304 N. Osage St.
Darin Schlapia, Farmers Cooperative location manager in Creston, said the pumps will open as soon as tests are complete.
E85 is a standard blend of 70 percent ethanol. The pumps will also have 87 E10, E15, E30 and 2 percent biodiesel fuel blends available for the general public. Another option is red-dyed biodiesel for lawnmowers and tractors.
There is also a high-speed pump that fills about 60 gallons a minute.
“We’re excited to offer the ethanol blends and the 2 percent biodiesel because our member owners raise corn and soybeans,” Schlapia said.
The pumps accept all major credit and debit cards.
All flex fuel vehicles can use the E30 and E85 fuel blends. Standard cars can handle E10 and after Sept. 15, E15 can be used in all 2001 and newer vehicle models.
Schlapia said all pumps will be clearly marked which type of fuel can be used for flex fuel vehicles. Another way to check if the vehicle can take E30 or E85 is if it has a yellow gas cap.
In order to comply with federal fuel mandates, area gas stations will no longer carry 87 octane gasoline.
“They need to meet the government’s renewable fuel standards,” Schlapia said.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency Renewable Fuel Standard works to reduce fossil fuel consumption and reduce dependence on foreign oil.