Long Energy will soon be offering high-quality, ethanol-free gasoline for small motors, boats, and tractors. While ethanol is a renewable fuel and helps reduce exhaust emissions, it has some serious drawbacks that often outweigh those benefits.
To name a few disadvantages of ethanol gasoline, it has lower BTU content than pure gasoline, which means less performance and lower fuel economy. Essentially, a vehicle running on ethanol requires more gasoline to drive the same distance than a vehicle running on ethanol-free gasoline does. Ethanol absorbs water and carries that water throughout the fuel system and engine; steel and iron gas tanks are prone to rust from water. Ethanol softens and cracks rubber, plastic, and fiberglass parts; engines used for marine applications are most vulnerable to deterioration. Ethanol causes petroleum gasoline to turn to varnish more quickly, meaning less shelf life. Old ethanol gasoline clogs carburetor jets, fuel injectors, fuel injection distributors, fuel pumps, and fuel filters; once varnished, it also sticks to intake valves and ruins the engine.
In cases where your vehicle will be unused for significant periods of time, or where gas mileage is a concern, ethanol-free gasoline is a smarter choice with improved results. For more information about our upcoming new service, please contact us!