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Murrieta Drivers Have New, Clean Choice at Pump

Propel Fuels recently announced the opening of its newest renewable fuel station, in partnership with KA Enterprises and co-located at the Shell gas station at 40452 Murrieta Hot Springs Road.

The new E85 Flex Fuel pump at Shell, 40452 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Murrieta. (Courtesy photo)
The new E85 Flex Fuel pump at Shell, 40452 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Murrieta. (Courtesy photo)

Local motorists concerned about their carbon footprint now have the option to fill their tank with E85 Flex Fuel, an environmentally-friendly alternative to regular gasoline.

Propel Fuels recently announced the opening of its newest renewable fuel station, in partnership with KA Enterprises and co-located at the Shell gas station at 40452 Murrieta Hot Springs Road.

A grand opening celebration held Nov. 1 was attended by officials from the City of Murrieta and supported by the WRCOG Western Riverside Clean Cities Coalition, a U.S. Department of Energy program dedicated to reducing petroleum consumption in transportation, according to a news release.

“The city of Murrieta is excited to encourage the growth of green technologies in our community and welcomes Propel Fuels to Murrieta,” said Bruce Coleman, the city’s director of economic development.

The American-made fuel is said to reduce CO2 emissions as well as the number of oil barrels displaced. It also enhances the performance of vehicles, according to the Redwood City, Calif.-based company.

“CA drivers continue to show increasing demand for renewable fuels, and consumers and fleets in Western Riverside County have shown particular support for the product,” said Matt Horton, CEO of Propel. “This location is conveniently situated between two highways, so accessibility for Flex Fuel vehicle drivers is excellent. We’re excited to bring more choice at the pump to the City of Murrieta and help make progress toward our nation’s clean energy goals.”

More than one million Californians reportedly drive alternative fuel-ready vehicles, but the majority do not have access to renewable fuels, according to Emily Stoffel, spokeswoman for Propel.

“Numerous cars and trucks from manufacturers such as Chevy, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Mercedes are E85 Flex Fuel compatible,” Stoffel stated in a news release. “Drivers can simply switch back and forth between Flex Fuel and gasoline any time they want.”

Vehicles that can run on E85 can be identified by the manufacturer’s yellow gas cap or through the Vehicle Identification Number. Drivers can also check their vehicle’s E85 compatibility on Propel’s website at: Propelfuels.com/driveE85.

TheOtherGuy November 10, 2013 at 10:13 AM
I read the article but am still not sure what they mean by "renewable fuel." Ethanol mixed gasoline? If so, I not convinced that on balance, plant-sourced ethanol fuels reduce either total carbon output or petroleum use. Huge amounts of petroleum are used to produce, transport, and apply fertilizer to corn crops. Still more is used to harvest, transport, and process that plant material into ethanol. That kind of petroleum-intensive approach is NOT "sustainable." I'm not averse to govt helping to jumpstart promising technologies thru basic research, but the ethanol boom is an example of govt artificially distorting the marketplace. It's almost as useless as funding the construction of cold fusion reactors.
ChrisG November 10, 2013 at 10:31 AM
@other guy. Couldn't agree more. Ethanol fuels use more petroleum to manufacture and transport than simply using regular gasoline. While people can enjoy cheaper E85 at the pump food prices have increased because the cost of corn had increased to feed livestock. This type of government intervention has negative side affects most of the public does not see a link to. I'm all for a clean environment but this is not helping.
Desert Dweller November 10, 2013 at 10:34 AM
It's usually not financially worth it because the mileage is worse.
Dean Smart November 10, 2013 at 11:02 AM
My Corvette would run like crap with that junk fuel.
TheOtherGuy November 10, 2013 at 11:09 AM
@Chris & @Desert Dweller - Good points! There was a similar frenzy of excitement a few years ago over hydrogen as an essentially free, zero-pollution/zero-carbon energy source because burning it produces only water. What the press and public didn't understand was that hydrogen must be produced--there are no hydrogen wells--and due to natural inefficiecies, the energy that's put into producing it will always be more than what you get out of it. Of course, there is research going on to harness solar energy to produce hydrogen more-or-less "directly" -- but there would still be inefficiencies but at least it would be zero-oil/carbon.
Dean Smart November 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Theotherguy. Also energy density in fuel is an issue. If fuel tank volume must be doubled or tripled in order to have the same energy output then that is an issue for smaller cars that don't have the room for this.
AlwaysPO'd November 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Oh brother. This stuff is horrible for your engine, pumps and any rubber parts it comes in contact with. It confuses the PCM and isn't efficient in its manufacture of yield per pound. More great ideas from the boneheads in Washington. Let's take our nation's food staple and make gas out of it.
SA November 11, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Mother earth will kicks us off when she wants to. This fuel is BS and I dare anyone to use it as you will be messing up your motor… I would love to see the government to just leave us alone and stop making up man made problems that do not exist.
Dog November 12, 2013 at 08:56 AM
Wonder how many taxpayer dollars were given to Propel and Shell to install this useless pump...
Jesse November 17, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Never used the fuel before but my Tahoe is equiped to use it. Should I use it because its cheaper than regular gasoline? Would it do any damage to my vehicle if I do use it?

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