Sunshine Food Mart is the first station in Nacogdoches to sell ethanol free at the pump. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Ethanol Free gasoline has no alcohol. Frequently it’s referred to as "pure gasoline." (Source: KTRE Staff)
Jeremy Jackson is testing it out on lawn equipment. Ethanol Free is benefits smaller engines that often gum up with ethanol gasoline. (Soure: KTRE Staff)
Varron Mclemore prefers ethanol free for his 1986 Mustang. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -
The search for ethanol-free gasoline in Nacogdoches just got easier. Sunshine Food Mart started selling it at the pump about a week ago. Consumers are glad to see the arrival of the “pure fuel.”
Not everyone drives an '86 Mustang SVO, one of about 3,300 built.
Varron Mclemore sports around in his flashy red classic filling it up at every opportunity with ethanol-free gasoline.
"Best gas for old cars,” McLemore said.
The Nacogdoches businessman suggested to Sunshine Food Mart to start selling the pure gasoline.
"It cranks a lot better. It just runs a lot better.,” McLemore said. “It's getting a little better fuel mileage, in fact, about four miles to the gallon better fuel mileage with ethanol-free."
Sunshine was sold on the idea. Diesel was replaced with ethanol-free gas. Currently, Sunshine sells the fuel for about 15 cents more than Supreme unleaded and is catering to an underserved market.
"We're the only people that actually have it in town,” said Tammy Johnson, an assistant manager at Sunshine. “Everyone was either going to Mt. Enterprise or literally to the airport."
However, even a few pilots seek out ethanol-free at the pump as opposed to paying for higher priced aviation gas.
Marinas sell a lot of ethanol-free gas for boat motors, but those places aren't always convenient for automobile owners.
"It's just a way car engines were designed to run without all the alcohol in it,” McLemore said.
Ethanol-free is especially helpful for small engines, like the mowers, chainsaws and weed eaters Jeremy Jackson work with every day. He knows all about gummed up engines caused most likely by fuel additives.
"Ah, plenty of times. Plenty of times,” Jackson said. This is our first day trying it, so we're going to see what this is like."
Hopefully, he'll be a pleased customer like McLemore who checks the purr of his 'Stang before pulling away from the pump.