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First Inland Ethanol Flex Fuel Pump Opens in Perris

Perris Mayor Daryl Busch cuts the ribbon at the Inland Empire’s first E-85 fuel pump
Perris Mayor Daryl Busch cuts the ribbon at the Inland Empire’s first E-85 fuel pump.

The first service station in the Inland Empire capable of fueling vehicles powered mostly by ethanol opened this week and Perris Mayor Daryl Busch was on hand at the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Mayor Busch cut the ribbon to the region’s initial “E-85” pump at the Union 76 station on Cajalco Road just east of Interstate 215. The pump dispenses a flex fuel consisting of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.

The fuel can be manufactured from waste soda, orange, apple and grape juice and orange juice and burns cleaner than gasoline.

Busch said the fuel station is located within Perris’ sphere of influence and one day might become part of the City. He said Perris is committed to leading Riverside County in “going green” by installing solar panels and initiating a revolutionary water-efficient irrigation system at City Hall and working with developers to being the world’s largest green building-the Hanesbrands Inc. distribution center—to town.

Mayor Busch speaks with Kim Kresin, who filled her sport utility vehicles with the alternative fuel
Mayor Busch speaks with Kim Kresin, who filled her sport utility vehicles with the alternative fuel.

So it was only natural to welcome another alternative-fuel enterprise and greet some of the first customers who filled up at the E-85 pump.

“It certainly fits our vision of the future,” Busch said. “People who stop at this station will come into the City of Perris to shop and visit, so it will give us some tax benefit. This is the sort of business we need for the future. It seems to be a proven commodity and we support it.”

Perris Valley resident Kim Kresin said she was glad to finally have a place to fill up her 2007 Suburban. She’s lived in the Perris area for many years. She uses her vehicle to haul around pottery which she sells throughout Southern California. She drove up from Temecula to the Perris area to fuel up.

Ron Rocheleau says ethanol gives him better mileage for his pickup truck
Ron Rocheleau says ethanol gives him better mileage
for his pickup truck.

“I’ve been waiting two years for this,” she said. “I am so into going green. I’m excited about this.”

Ron Rocheleau, who works at a non-profit agency in Perris, said his GM Sierra gets three or four miles more per gallon on E-85 fuel. He drives about 100 miles a day to and from his job so every little bit helps. He said he expects to get about 24 miles-per-gallon with the ethanol-based fuel.

“I love the City of Perris,” he said. “I love what they are doing to their Downtown Area and (renovated train) Depot building. The City supports our work. It supports green technologies. We’ve got to cut down on using fossil fuels. Ethanol burns cleaner. I am very pleased this station has opened.”

Mike Lewis, who works for the San Diego-based company that supplies the fuel mixture to the Union 76 station, said Riverside and San Bernardino counties have a great need for such locations.

“The green revolution marches forward,” he said.