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Posted by scott mcfadden on August 13, 2006, 4:59 pm

Can the prius run on e85?

Posted by richard schumacher on August 13, 2006, 6:02 pm

The owner's manual says don't do it.  A few people have burned a few
tanks worth of E85 in their Prii, but presumably components in the fuel
system would be damaged over time.

Posted by mrv@kluge.net on August 13, 2006, 9:57 pm

scott mcfadden wrote:

Prius owner's manual only states that you can use up to 10% ethanol

It is possible to use E85 (85% ethanol), but no long-term studies have
been done yet (ethanol can break down parts of a car over time).

Short term study by the Creed Project:
http://www.greenenergynetwork.com/media/studies/prius-e85.PDF  shows
that you'll get a check engine light, cold start emissions are higher,
and overall MPG is lower.

There's at least one person from Sweden on the Prius-Europe yahoogroup
that is currently using E85 as a blend in his Prius.

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