The Iowa Corn Promotion Board is celebrating the opening of the 100th E-85 fuel station today in Johnston. Board spokesperson, Shannon Textor, says it’s a big milestone for the gas mix that’s 85-percent corn-based ethanol.
Textor says two years ago there were only 30 E-85 stations in the state. "I think that consumers, and especially Iowans, want the home-grown product that’s grown right here in our corn fields, for energy independence, keeping dollars here at home in Iowa, and it’s also better for our environment," Textor says.
Textor says they’re marking the 100th E-85 pump by selling the fuel at a special price for four hours.
She says E-85 will be sold for $1 a gallon during that time frame. Textor says one out of every 10 vehicles sold in Iowa is a flex-fuel vehicle capable of using the E-85 mix.