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.
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.