How does the government-run Alternative Fuel Data Center help people locate flex fuel stations?


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The government-run Alternative Fuel Data Center's website has the "Locate Stations" tab on the main page, which enables searches for flex fuel stations that provide ethanol blends. When clicked, it opens an "Alternative Fueling Station Locator" page with a search bar and a map of all available stations.

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Flex fuel cars look identical to gasoline cars, and many owners might not know that their vehicle is a flexible fuel vehicle (FFV). This can be determined by looking at the fuel door in some models, by yellow gas caps or a yellow ring around the fuel nozzle hole. The markings on those will say "E85," which is a bend of gasoline and up to 85 percent ethanol that the car can consume. It can also run on gasoline only.

Alternative Fuels Data Center, part of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program run by U.S. Department of Energy, provides information about alternative fuels, vehicles, conservation of fuel and federal and state laws pertaining to technology and fuel. It also lists incentives for consumers to adopt alternative fuels.

The search function has two options: "Find Stations" and "Plan a Route." Website users search for a station by address, zip code or state, adding which fuel they are interested in. The map to the right of the search menu shows the locations of alternative fuel station by fuel type, with ethanol marked as a yellow diamond.

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