New Ohio Interstate Ethanol/Biodiesel Station

Posted By on September 20, 2006

Sunoco Alternative Fuel pricing 9/21/2006
I filled up this morning at a Sunoco station in central Ohio that offers clean alternate fuel to travelers on Interstate I-71 between Columbus and Cleveland. This station, as of September 2006, offers corn-based ethanol – E85 – and soy-based Biodiesel in three blends: B2 (2%), B5 (5%) and B20 (20%). Pricing is competitive with petroleum fuel and is one of a very few stations I’ve seen offering so many choices.
Sunoco location mapThe proximity to Interstate 71 at exit 151 just east of Mount Gilead Ohio makes it an ideal stop for many who find the other renewable fuel filling stations inconvenient. I personally appreciated the pay at the pump credit card option as it makes the stop quick … besides, it is just a few yards west of the interstate exit — truly a no-hassle ‘pit stop.’ If you have a flex-fuel vehicle, or drive a diesel, be sure to support Ohio farmers growing clean fuel made in America.

Sunoco signageThere is a significant amount of information available on both biodiesel and ethanol. Here are a couple things to keep in mind: First, E85 is the government designated term for motor fuel blends of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. Ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline, is a domestic renewable fuel grown by farmers and what we currently use is processed in the US. Its not only better for the environment, but is good for the American economy by keeping the dollars circulating at home — BUT be sure your vehicle is E85 compatible before filling up. (see list of vehicles)

Biodiesel, on the other hand, is generally a soybean based fuel in the United States, although can be made from anything from recycled cooking oil to algae. It runs without vehicle modification as a replacement for petroleum diesel fuel and is clean, domestically produced will run at 100% (B100) or in any blended percentage. I’ve been running biodiesl in two TDI (diesel) Volkswagens for several years without an issue, although those desiring to run at high percentages should be aware of warranty and cold weather issues. Here is a quick FAQ on Biodiesel. At any rate, those looking for a ‘great’ place to purchase renewable fuels in Ohio should definitely mark this station on your maps.
Rich Filling his VW Jetta TDI with B20

Comments

  • That’s pretty cool. I have to go to BioWillie’s in Dallas if I want to get some B20 which is why I’ve only gotten it once. Good to see those prices coming down too. The cheapest I’ve seen around here is $2.69.

    I love that green color on your Jetta. My ideal color when I was shopping for mine was Green/Tan, but oh well I’ve been driving Black/Black cars for 8 years now so I’m used to it. I think black cars look the best when they’re polished up but they only stay that way for about 3 minutes.

  • Steve

    Rich/Erik,

    In the Philadelphia area we can only get biodiesel from home-brewers.

    There is an outfit called fryo-diesel (or something like that) in Phila., that makes biodiesel in bulk but they can’t seem to get big franchise gas stations to sell the fuel. As a result they supply just one station, that is way out of the way, and that is only open M-F, 9-5.

    I was told by the F.D. VP that the branded station franchisees don’t like even the hint of liability issues that might come from engine trouble, so they have to find these independently owned stations? Who knows?

    Many diesel owners here are waiting anxiously for a
    branded station(s) to begin selling biodiesel. Time will tell.

    Steve

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  • Charlie

    I’ve been to that station. I love it. Bought some E85 there. I’ve also taken pictures of it.

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