Drivers of flex-fuel vehicles in Ohio now have more options to fill up with E85 — a fuel that is 85% ethanol. The expanded availability of E85 is due to a $3.4 million USDA grant for biofuels infrastructure, which provided Ohio funding to install nearly 200 pumps for higher ethanol-blended fuels throughout the state. The grant was awarded to the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Corn Marketing Program.
To recognize the expansion of E85, the OCMP and Thorntons, a convenience store and fueling station chain, are hosting a ribbon-cutting event near Columbus on May 10. The event will also serve as the kick-off for the Ohio Ethanol Tour — a road trip by OCMP to promote the expanded availability of E85 at stations throughout the state that received funding through the grant program.
The expansion’s ribbon-cutting event is at 10 a.m. at Thorntons, 1771 Norton Road, Galloway.
The 20-minute event will include brief remarks from David T. Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture; Tadd Nicholson, executive director of Ohio Corn Marketing Program; and Matt Nichols, biofuels project manager for Thorntons.