The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC) said the number of E85 stations in the U.S. has reached 1,802 – a 28% increase since October 2007.
The total includes 1,693 public refueling stations, while the rest are private sites.
“It’s exciting to see E85 stations grow so rapidly within the past year,” National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition Executive Director Phil Lampert. “From providing technical support on-site through our Internet materials, or over the phone, the NEVC has in one way or another been involved with the establishment of every one of these facilities. From the humble total of 50 E85 stations in 2001, we believe that E85 represents the only significant growth opportunity in the field of liquid fuels.”
NEVC said the current stats for states with the highest number of E85 sites are: Minnesota with 357, Illinois with 188 and Missouri with 112. The seven states that don’t’ offer E85 are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Alaska and Hawaii.
“Fuel retailers have many incentives to add this clean, renewable product to their facilities,” Lampert said. “The spike in E85 fueling facilities is a direct reflection of the Federal income tax credit that the NEVC and our partners worked hard to implement in 2005.
“Additionally,” Lampert said, “the provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 that allowed franchise operators to install E85 fueling sites are two of the most significant Federal actions that have been implemented to address the growth of E85 fueling nationally. We are hopeful that future federal actions will appropriate at least a part of the $200 million that was authorized in EISA to assist with continuing to expand the E85 fueling infrastructure.”