Ethanol (E85) Flex Fuel Vehicles
All gasoline sold in California contains up to 10% ethanol to help it burn cleaner, but ethanol is mostly used in flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) that are capable of operating on gasoline, E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) or a mixture of both. E85 has about 30% less energy per gallon, so a FFV’s fuel efficiency when running on ethanol will be 30% less than when running on gasoline.
How They Work
Ethanol is an alcohol made primarily from corn. Because ethanol is derived from feedstock that is grown, it is considered a renewable fuel. In addition, since the feedstock for ethanol is largely domestically produced, it reduces the nation's dependence on petroleum.
FFVs are similar to conventional gasoline counterparts in power, acceleration, payload and cruise speed. The only noticeable difference is that fuel economy is lower when FFVs run on ethanol.
FFVs do not typically qualify for incentives.