Fullerton Welcomes Alternative Fuel Station

Categories: Environment
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Brandon Ferguson
More than 100 years after the invention of the first electric car, Fullerton is home to a first-of-its-kind alternative energy fuel station. The Propel Clean Mobility Center, located at 1124 E. Chapman Ave., opened last Wednesday and is partially funded by grants from the California Energy Commission and the U.S. Energy Department. The Los Angeles Times is reporting this is the first of 200 clean mobility centers slated for the state. 




 
Featuring a self-service bicycle repair station, free air and water, as well as maps of local trail systems, the pumps distribute B5 Biodiesel Fuel as well as so called Flexfuel 85. For those less environmentally conscious folks, Flexfuel is used by cars capable of accepting a blend of standard petro combined with 85 percent ethanol. Some appreciate ethanol because it releases less C02 into the atmosphere, however cars using the mixture experience reduced fuel economy.

Although the vehicles have been sold since the 1980s, 2012 models include the Ford Focus, Chevy Malibu, Buick Verano and Saab 9-3. All of these models run on either the 85 percent blend or regular fuel.  Comparison charts for the 2012 Ford Focus FWD show the car gets ten miles per gallon more with standard fuel.  

Luckily the Propel center is hawking an ethanol blend at $3.59 a gallon--almost a dollar less than anything you'll find at standard pumps these days. The only catch? You have to be among the few who actually own one of the Flex-compatible vehicles, which often sport sticker prices of $1,000 above their standard-fuel counterparts.

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