1981 - Volume #5, Issue #4, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
First All-Alcohol Gas Station Opens
Energy Independence Technologists Corp., the fuel company that operates the station, already manufactures and operates alcohol stills. Now they're looking for a market.
"We've already been contacted by an oil company about opening a chain of alcohol stations throughout the West and Middle West," says Rodger Seratt, a consultant who worked with company president Randall Barnes to set up the first station. "We're converting local cars regularly to dual fuel. Some people have come from as far as 1,400 miles away. We hope to get local fleet operators to convert."
"Superfuel", as the company calls their 190-proof brew, retails for about 25 cents a gallon less than premium gasoline and Seratt says they will never charge more than the price of gasoline. Although their alcohol costs them about $1.25 a gallon to produce, they currently get a $.30 tax credit, allowing a profit at the pumps. They also profit from the gasohol mix they sell at two other pumps in the station and feel that the price of gasoline can only go up.
Conversions range from $20 to $100 for most cars, and once changed over, the car will run on either gas or alcohol. If motorists find that a mixture works better forthem, they can fill up with a partial tank of alcohol and top it off with gasoline, according to Seratt., The alcohol for the station comes from Energy Technologies' own 300 gal. per day still and from another cornmercial alcohol firm.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Energy Independence Technologies Corp., P.O. Box 1408, Fayetteville, Ark. 72701 (ph 501 443-3835).
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