E85 Fuel Can Now be used in Florida

June 01, 2006

The state of Florida now allows E85 to be sold to the public. Until now, Florida prohibited the sale of E85, which is a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.

John Magwood, president of First Coast Biofuels, now supplies a handful of private fleets with E85 including the City of Jacksonville and Kennedy Space Center. He plans to work with retailers to install E85 infrastructure this year specifically in Jacksonville and Orlando. Magwood has worked with the Florida Department of Consumer Services to help allow E85 to be sold in Florida. About 400,000 flexible-fuel vehicles, which can use E85, are now driving on Florida’s roads.

The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC) also was involved with getting E85 at fueling stations in Florida. NEVC worked diligently with the State of Florida to allow for retail sale of E85. With the modifications of state law to allow E85 sales to the public, the NEVC will be gearing up to work with vendors to make the fuel available to Florida motorists. For more information, see the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition May 31 news release.

A copy of the proposed rules can be viewed in the December 16, 2005 issue of Florida Administrative Weekly. The notice of change filed can be viewed in the April 21, 2006 issue.

Source: EERE Clean Cities.