Pure Gasoline Now Cheaper Than Ethanol Blend

Tuesday, December 23rd 2008, 6:32 pm
By: News 9

By Charles Bassett, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Many drivers have noticed it's become easier to find 100 percent gasoline stations.

Many service stations that previously carried ethanol blends, have made the switch to pure gasoline.

When gas prices were at an all-time high last summer, ethanol blends saved customers' pocket change at the pump, but that's no longer the case.

Commuter Derek Naylor said he doesn't pay attention to the gasoline he puts into his vehicle, using both ethanol blends and pure gasoline.

"I've heard both sides and really, I don't look for anything because the jeep that I drive, I don't particularly get good gas mileage anyway," Naylor said.

At Oak Tree Fuel and Food, Naylor filled his gas tank with pure gasoline. The station switched from ethanol to pure gas a few weeks ago.

"In this market, many of our customers demanded or needed pure gas," said Babu Peringol of Oak Tree Fuel and Food.

Stores throughout the metro, including 7-11, are also switching fuels.

"I've heard that ethanol is a little bit worse on your engine," commuter Matthew Watkins said. "Regular fuel is better for your engine, it's more fuel efficient."

While the debate of gas mileage continues, the cost of carrying 100 percent gasoline is cheaper than the alternative.

A spokesman with the Oklahoma Petroleum Marketers Association said 100 percent gas is currently cheaper than ethanol blends, and the savings is passed on to the customers. With gas prices being so low now, customers are giving pure gas a try.

"To me, it gave us an opportunity to choose to pay a few pennies more and get the actual right type of gas in your car," commuter Angel Hicks said. "It's a lot better."

Some retailers said if gas prices start to increase dramatically again, drivers might see a switch back to ethanol blends.