Over a Barrel Blog
Just when you thought it was safe to drive a gas-guzzler again — peak oil is back. And it’s after your wallet, your air, and your planet.
There are many virtues of high-octane E85 ethanol fuel: It’s American-made; reduces our consumption of oil; and results in lower levels of emissions that foul the air and harm the environment. But based on our conversations with E85 customers, the biggest selling point is the price.
Hey Californians, we don’t need to tell you about all the virtues of living in the Golden State. But here’s one you might not have heard: Our state has the most potent, purest blend of E85 ethanol fuel you can buy.
There are 19 million flex-fuel vehicles on the road in the United States, including 1 million in California alone. We’re going to venture out on a limb and guess that the vast majority of people who own those vehicles don’t know what “flex-fuel” means. So let us offer you a primer!
As a foundation whose primary goal is ending our oil addiction both in the United States and internationally, you might think we’d be celebrating a rise in electric vehicle (EV) usage in the most populous country on Earth.
Other than the oft-dreamed-about flying car, solar-powered cars are one of the future vehicle technologies people most frequently fantasize about. But just as we don’t see our skyscape dotted with airborne cars and trucks, we don’t see our roads crowded with cars pulling their fuel directly from the sun as they go.
There are 250 million vehicles on the road in the United States, and some 19 million of them are flex-fuel. For those of you thinking “Ugh, math,” that’s 1 out of every 13 vehicles!
OPEC has cried wolf again, but there’s reason to believe that this time, the cartel is serious about constricting oil production. Which, of course, will send the price — and thus the price of gasoline — upward. And there’s nothing American drivers will be able to do about it.
That’s all about to change — and no, we’re not advocating anyone getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking (seriously, don’t do that).
Tesla Motors, Inc., the company famous for making electric vehicles, is dropping “motors” from its name. Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, recently released a new master plan that shifts the company away from solely being a car producer.