GPS application available for E85 stations

By Luke Geiver | April 15, 2010
Posted April 27, 2010

Two new Florida E85 stations have opened in Macclenny and Glen St. Mary, and for those who can't find them the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has developed an E85 station locator for use in GPS systems. Through a partnership between Protec Fuel LLC and RFA, the new stations will offer flex fuel vehicles the opportunity to find the fuel those FFV drivers desire, according to Max Davis, president of RH Davis Oil, owner of one of the new stations.

"These stations are part of an overall strategic plan to increase the number of E85 stations throughout the Southeast in an area full of FFVs," said RFA's director of market development, Robert White. "These stations will provide fuel for consumers, local dealerships, federal fleets and local and state law enforcement."
Todd Garner, CEO of Protec said the new stations will improve the use of ethanol throughout the country. With 8 million FFV drivers in the US, the RFA has made finding a station to fill up with E85 blends much easier. In the winter of 2009, the Points of Interest (POI) application for Garmin and TomTom GPS devices was created, providing a map of all the E85 stations across the country after converting the exact location of each site into longitude and latitude coordinates. Although the two devices translate the data in different ways, the POI application works the same for both units.

"One of the most frustrating things for flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) drivers can be trying to find a station that provides E85," said White. "With this GPS application, drivers are able to find the closest E85 station, no matter where they are in the United States."

Each quarter, RFA will update the database. A user can download either a nationwide map, a combination of states or a single state to their computer and then to their GPS unit. To download the application, go to: http://www.chooseethanol.com/pages/have-a-garmin-download-the-e85-station-pois. The database for both the TomTom and Garmin units can be found at www.ChooseEthanol.com.