Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A do-it-yourself E85 conversion kit

By H.J. CUMMINS, Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul)
Last update: July 13, 2008 - 11:04 PM

If you're looking for relief from high gas prices -- and who isn't? -- Bart Wells wants to sell you on his invention.

Wells, owner of Hitech Motorsport in Elk River, so far this year has sold 64 of his new devices -- with that many more on order -- that convert regular gasoline-burning cars to flex-fuel vehicles, capable of running on the less-expensive alternative of ethanol.

More important though, Wells said, is that his system corrects the drop in fuel mileage that can cancel out the cash savings that lead people to switch to the biofuel found at pumps marked "E85" -- the 85 percent ethanol blend -- at many Minnesota gas stations.

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