Waiting to Save on Gas

By: Tony Tagliavia
By: Tony Tagliavia

Drivers looking to save on gas whether through hybrids or E-85 blended ethanol might have to wait to see the savings. We've included some useful links if you're looking to save on gas.

Filling up at these prices may be on the cusp of changing driving habits.

"Every day we have people coming in," Capitol Honda General Manager Tony Gomez said.

That's people coming into to Capital Honda in Okemos looking for hybrids. Despite a higher sticker price of roughly one to two thousand dollars, Gomez says drivers are making the switch.

"The people who bought hybrids a year ago. Now all the sudden we're getting trucks, we're getting SUVs," Gomez said.

But if you want one -- you won't find it here on the lot.

"We're placing orders that are sometimes 90 to 120 days out," he said.

While you might have to wait for some hybrids, there are another alternatives available right away.

"You can drive home in one," Shaheen Chevrolet truck sales manager Gary Slater said.

Slater is talking about E-85 ethanol gasoline flexfuel cars.

"Many if not most of the trucks ... many of the cars have E-85 engines available," Slater said.

Many Chevy Tahoes, Silverados and Impalas have the flexfuel engines. Flexfuel models can use regular gasoline or 85 percent ethanol fuel that's made from corn here in the US.

"E-85 should or will cost less in the future. It's clean; the emissions are probably nil to my knowledge," Slater said.

But Ethanol's not a perfect solution for drivers yet.

"It's a matter of finding E-85 in the last few years, no one's been demanding it, so it's not being offered," Slater said.

So whether you're waiting on a hybrid or waiting for cheaper E-85 at your local filling station it may be a while before drivers see some relief.

Useful links:

Edmunds.com: Top 10 Fuel Efficient Cars for 2006
Ethanol Fuel Coalition
GM's Flexfuel Vehicles


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