Here’s the problem with flex-fuel vehicles. Also known at E85-capable, flexfuel rides can burn straight gasoline or a gasoline/ethanol blend that is up to 85 percent ethanol. But, since they don’t need ethanol, the reality is that most people fill up with petroleum pure and call it a day (in most of the U.S., ethanol isn’t all that easy to find, although it’s easier now than ever before). The latest numbers available from the U.S. government say that that about 300,000 E85-capable vehicles actually used E85 in America in 2006, out of the five million E85-capable vehicles on the road.
This brings us to the Minnesota Vikings and a new deal the team has struck with the American Lung Association in Minnesota: free prime parking for ethanol cars. The thing is, even though the ALA wants to promote using E85 because it burns cleaner than gasoline, there’s no way to prove what fuel is in the tank. So, even though the press release is titled “Use E85? The Minnesota Vikings and the American Lung Association in Minnesota Have a Free Parking Spot for You,” what the team is really rewarding here is buying a flex-fuel vehicle, not actually using ethanol. Still, for the first 25 people who pull up in a flex-fuel ride will get to pull into premium parking spots near the Dome and enjoy the game without paying the $40. More details after the jump.
[Source: American Lung Association in Minnesota]
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