Navy opens its first alternative fueling station

Monday - 3/26/2012, 7:41am EDT

The Navy wants low-emissions flex fuel cars to operate in Hawaii. Now there's a gas station where the service can fill up, according to a Navy release.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command opened the first of three planned stations that pump E-85, a fuel made up mostly of ethanol. The Navy Secretary said he wants the service to cut is use of petroleum fuel by 50 percent and set a deadline of 2015.

"The addition of this E85 fueling station to our fueling options directly addresses the energy mandates set forth by the Secretary of the Navy and the President," said Capt. John Coronado, commanding officer, NAVFAC Hawaii, in the release.

The Navy's Joint Base Peal Harbor-Hickam operates 1,000 cars that can burn E-85. All government gas cardholders there are under orders to fill flex-fuel vehicles with E-85. But drivers will have to pull in somewhere else for coffee and snacks.

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