Marathon Ashland to Offer E-85 Ethanol Fuel
The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC) announced on July 9 that Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC (MAP), the fifth largest refiner of fuel in the U.S., has recently added clean-burning 85 percent ethanol (E-85) to its product offerings at fourteen terminals.E-85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, can easily be splash blended at the terminals. MAP is the first major marketer of motor gasoline to make E-85 part of their regular terminal product lines. MAP, based in Findlay, Ohio is owned by Marathon Oil Company and Ashland Inc., and refines about 945,000 barrels-per-day. Their retail marketing system includes many Marathon brand locations among others in 16 states. "E-85 can now be more efficiently blended and distributed in a large geographic area. Consumers in this marketing area should find E-85 more readily available," said Todd Sneller, Executive Director of the Nebraska Ethanol Board and NEVC Chairman. The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition is the nation's primary advocate dedicated to the use of 85 percent ethanol as a form of alternative transportation fuel.