E85 Border Battle

I have found my next big event. On Thursday, March 27, 2010 I will be at the E85 Border Battle with the Minnesota Clean Air Choice team. Minnesota and Wisconsin will compete for two hours to see which state can pump the most E85. 

I will be on the Minnesota side (obviously) at the Holiday Station in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. The competing Wisconsin location is in Hudson at the Freedom Valu Center. Flex-fuel vehicles that fill-up between 4 pm and 6 pm will receive 85 cents off per gallon.

If you stop by the Holiday Station in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, you will have an opportunity to meet me, get free stuff, and take a picture or two. I will be sharing the limelight on the Minnesota side with Goldy the Gopher. Everyone should know ahead of time that I will NOT being doing any of the acrobatic acts Goldy is known for—if Goldy suggests a showdown, I would lose before anyone could pump their first gallon of E85.

On the Wisconsin side, Alice in Dairyland will hang out with the Wisconsin Clean Air Choice team to greet customers and tell them about the event.


Now I know Alice in Dairyland is a big deal in the agriculture world, but I am overly confident in Minnesota’s ability to pump more E85 than Wisconsin. Based on the glamorous picture of the Minnesota Clean Air Choice Team and me, we have history, we know how to work a crowd. Also, even if drivers stop at the Freedom Valu Center at all, they will only be stopping by to meet Alice in Dairyland, not fill-up on E-85.

Previous E85 Border Battle challenges have attracted 50 – 100 cars, pumping roughly 1,000 gallons of E85. This might be an overestimate, but I am going to predict the Minnesota side will bring in 500 cars and the Wisconsin side will attract 479 cars.


Minnesota E85 advocate, Mark Hamerlinck with E85 tatoo

Although I talk big, Wisconsin might prove to be tough competition. The Wisconsin side also has a Clean Air Choice team working toward winning the challenge. Between the two states, 2,000 letters have been sent to owners of Flex-fuel vehicles informing them about the challenge.

Even if Minnesota does not win (and I feel confident Minnesota will) the E85 Border Battle is a winning situation on both sides as all involved will bring awareness about ethanol.