Ethanol Comes to Local Gas Station

Florida's first majority ethanol pump is headed to Tallahassee. Sometime next month Sunshine State drivers will be able to fill up using an ethanol fuel blend.

Southwest Georgia Oil Company out of Bainbridge is one of the two companies that plan to offer the ethanol blend.

The pump will be installed at the Inland gas station on North Monroe Street as soon dispensers are available sometime in mid-August. It's an e-85 blend, which is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.

If sold today, Joe Campbell of Southwest Georgia Oil Company says the e-85 would be 20 cents cheaper than regular unleaded. Drivers are welcoming the price break.

The ethanol majority pump at the Inland gas station will be the company's only one for now until it sees how drivers respond and if the auto industry continues to rally behind alternative fuels.

Southwest currently has an e-10 pump at the Inland station on Capital Circle Northwest. It is 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline. It can be used in any car.