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The recently-updated Flex Fuel Station Locator app allows flex fuel vehicle owners to quickly and accurately locate E85 stations across the U.S. Credit: NAFTC.

The Flex Fuel Station Locator app, which was originally revealed in February 2011, has been updated. Created by the Renewable Fuels Association, the free app provides E85 station information, including station locations, driving directions, and phone numbers for contact. This information was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center and is constantly updated.

The updated app, which was created by the RFA in partnership with the Iowa Corn Growers Association, is now available for Android and Apple systems (it was originally only available on Apple systems). One new feature will allow drivers to enter their vehicle information (year, make, and model) to determine if their vehicle is one of the 11 million flex fuel vehicles in the U.S. Another new feature is a route planner, which allows drivers to add a start and end point and shows stations in between. The updated app also includes educational information on MPG, provided by the website www.FuelEconomy.gov. In addition, drivers can now signal new or closed stations to be added or pulled from the station database or any changes or corrections in information that need to be made.

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Screenshot of the Ethanol Fueled with Pride logo. Credit: Renewable Fuels Association.

There are currently more than 2,600 E85 stations across the U.S., of which 2,300 are open to the public. The app is available from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore for Android at no charge.

A note from the writer: While researching this article, I downloaded the Flex Fuel Station Locator app from the Google Play Store on my Android-powered phone. The app took less than 30 seconds to download and a mere two seconds to open. The station locator itself is easy to use, because it is possible to use city names with or without state and zip code information. I even entered “ny” for New York and “dc” for Washington, DC, and the app was able to find the route. The information in the MPG section is very interesting and useful. The FFV (Flex Fuel Vehicle) section has an easy breakdown that begins by year, then by make, then by model. However, the prices section is no longer updated because there is no current system for tracking prices.

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Screenshots of the updated Flex Fuel App. Credit: Renewable Fuels Association.

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), which began in 1981, is an advocate for the ethanol industry by supporting policy, presenting information, increasing consumer awareness, and imparting members with information to better decide on business. More information about the RFA can be found at: http://www.ethanolrfa.org/pages/philosophy..

The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a 7,000-member group that lobbies for public policy in favor of corn growers. These policies include, but are not limited to, defending corn markets—both new and old—and enhancing the Farm Bill outcomes. More information can be found at: http://www.iowacorn.org/index.cfm?nodeID=30317..

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