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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.
 

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I thought E85 was more expensive then gasoline.. but around here E85 is always cheaper!
 

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I thought E85 was more expensive then gasoline.. but around here E85 is always cheaper!
It depends on the spread between the two fuels. Here E85 is slightly cheaper, but when you compare the drop in mileage to the current difference in price, E85 is more expensive to use.
 
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