Bennett Oil offering E-85 ethanol

PRESCOTT ­ Bennett Oil is about to offer a new fuel for motorists who own alternative fuel vehicles.

Ken Bennett, one of the owners, on Monday said the oil company is about to start selling E-85 fuel.

Bennett explained that the fuel is a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline for use in flexible-fuel vehicles.

The company will be the first station in northern Arizona and the fourth statewide to offer it, said Bennett.

According to Bennett, about 100,000 cars in Arizona are flex-fuel cars. These cars have engines that can run on ethanol, gasoline or a mixture of both.

E-85 is not the only alternative fuel Bennett is focusing on.

Bennett said he is working on energy projects to reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil and oil in general, like solar, waste to fuel and developing shale oil reserves that are abundant in the United States.

Other alternative fuels Bennett is looking into are ethanol and biodiesel.

Bennett Oil sells the fuel, which is a mix of 20 percent vegetable oil and 80 percent regular diesel, in Prescott.

"There is no deterioration in performance and no special accommodations or modifications that have to be done on diesel engines," he said.

He said vegetable oil gives lubricity back to the diesel.

Bennett said employees and customers have used the biodiesel for more than a year and are happy with it.

Historically, diesel is easier to make and cheaper than unleaded gasoline, according to Bennett, who said diesel prices rose because of heavy taxes.