If you do not already know, E15 is a mixture of 85% gasoline and 15% ethanol. Ethanol can be produced from common crops such as potatoes and corn. Unlike petroleum and coal, corn is very efficient because it is farmed and is widely grown. Since ethanol comes from a renewable energy source, it is cheaper than gasoline alone. The automotive industry is slowing changing and carmakers are well aware of that by producing “flex-fuel” cars that can safely run on blends up to 85% ethanol. In October 2010, the EPA granted a waiver that allowed cars with the model year (my) of 2007 and newer to use E15. (epa.gov) Then in January 21, 2012, the EPA said that light duty vehicles and passengers cars with my2001 and newer can safely use E15 as well. The use of ethanol is increasing and we can expect to see price wars between gasoline and ethanol companies as soon as summer starts (hybridcars.com). This competition will help stimulate the economy and protect the environment at the same time.
Tesla Motor’s Model S cars are set for production in 2012. Five thousand units will be produced in the state of California. That is still one thousand short to cover all of the reservations placed years ahead of time. Tesla Motor’s vision to design a fully electric car that is actually substantial for every day driving is finally here years after they have debut the concept model in 2009. The Model S can drive up to 300 miles in one charge and has a top speed of 125 miles per hour. This is extremely good considering it is a fully electric car with zero emissions. Saving the planet with speed and in style was Tesla’s idea with this car.