Minnesota Gasoline Sales Drop 9% in July, E85 Sales Up 16%
Retail sales of gasoline in Minnesota in July 2008 declined 9% compared to sales in July 2007, according to figures from the Minnesota Department of Commerce. As gasoline sales declined, the amount of ethanol-based E85 sold during the same period increased by 16%.
Minnesota motorists bought 211,982,582 gallons of gasoline in July, compared to 233,081,981 gallons last July. To-date, E85 sales are approximately 16% greater in 2008 than they were at this time last year, with monthly sales of averaging roughly 2 - 2.5 million gallons a month. There are an estimated 200,000 flex fuel vehicles in Minnesota, with approximately 350 stations in the state currently selling E85.