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E85 Under Attack in SA! RAA Deciding if E85 Will Continue in SA!

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Hi guys,

 

I sent an email to RAA asking why E85 has recently been fixed at $132.9 as we do get less KMs from E85.

In short his answer was that retailers can charge whatever they want...typical response.

 

Attached is the email:

 

Thank you for your email regarding E85 prices.

 

You are correct that if E85’s fuel price was based on the energy it contained, it should be 26% less than regular unleaded petrol. However fuel retailers can charge whatever price they want and often include other incurred costs related to the fuel.

 

As you are obviously aware, Caltex has withdrawn its E85 blend due to low turnover and a number of tanks needed to be drained as the E85 had expired, which was a great expense to Caltex.

 

In United Petroleum’s case, we don’t regularly receive E85 fuel prices, but below is a quick list of E85 and ULP prices at various Adelaide locations as of midday today.

 

 

Unleaded Petrol

 

E85

 

United Pooraka

132.9

 

132.9

 

United Pennington

121.7

 

132.9

 

United Seaton

134.7

 

134.7

 

United Adelaide Airport

133.9

 

133.9

 

 

For today at least, E85 and regular unleaded are sold at the same price at Pooraka, Seaton and Adelaide Airport. United Pennington has been engaged in a petrol price war over the last week with surrounding retailers and may have made the decision to not drop its E85 price in-line with its unleaded price to protect its margins given their petrol prices are near cost price. Since they are the only retailer in the market offering E85 they feel they can get away with charging whatever price they wish.

 

At this time, we are trying to determine whether United Petroleum will continue to supply E85 in South Australia.

I trust you find this information of interest.

 

My regard,

Christopher West

Senior Policy Analyst

 

What is disturbing is that they are determinig whether E85 will continue to supply to SA!!!

 

My response was that this will create a huge stir for motor enthusiasts and it would also be backwards against the fact it's a cleaner fuel. I also said I'd be happy to pay perhaps marginally more than pay a premium for a 205L drum at least.

 

NOTE: You can contact RAA but check POST #3 first.

 

Keep fighting! E85, it's our right GRRR!!!!

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Enthusiasts is such a small percentage its not even funny.... I mean the whole car enthusiast industry was much bigger even 10 years ago...

 

The only way to keep e85 is to have more cars that support it. But then it's a chicken and egg thing - why would I buy e85 car if it costs more than usual petrol to fill it up...

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I just had a reply from Chris West, he has asked that we forward any concerns to United.

 

Their contact is available here:

http://www.unitedpetroleum.com.au/united/contact-us

 

They also have a Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/unitedpetroleum

 

 

The more noise we make, the more chance we have of keeping E85.

 

ru55kj - Exactly that's the problem, many people still don't understand what the benefit is of E85 unless they speak to a specialist or read on forums at least. What exacerbates the situation is that the majority won't even care what it is.

 

It's the minority that appreciate its value...us.

 

If it's not that popular to contemplate ending the supply of E85 to SA, at least leave the Adelaide Airport one. That way it's central for all locations, it would also be wise to leave the Pooraka one open for those heading up to Mallala for track days. I also think south should get one too around Reynella or border of Onkaparinga Hills / Hackham or even Christies Beach but at the moment I'm doubtful, obviously.

 

Guys please contact United so that they understand to what it extent it affects us, at least so they have some sort of an idea before they make a mistake to remove E85 in SA altogether!

 

Cheers.

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Would it be worth sending this info through to Ricky muir and the motoring enthusiast party??

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Would it be worth sending this info through to Ricky muir and the motoring enthusiast party??

 

Yes it would be! I've just sent an email to Ricky Muir with all the information Christopher West sent me. Never know...

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I didn't upload a link to Senator Ricky Muir's email so I will update the thread with it:

 

senator.muir@aph.gov.au

 

 

Please do everything you can to keep E85...I love this juice as well as hundreds of others in SA.

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You may gain extra attention if a Facebook page was created. We aren't going to make a huge difference if it's just us on here.

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