An Oxifuel station: sold out in Tlaxcala. An Oxifuel station: sold out in Tlaxcala.

Tlaxcala gas blend costs 13 pesos a liter

Motorists turn to biofuel in effort to save on gasoline

After just three days in operation, a new gas station in Tlaxcala selling an ethanol blend had to shut down due to the popularity of its prices.


Adolfo Fernández, owner of the first Oxifuel gas station in the state, began offering the alternative fuel — a 50-50 mix of normal gasoline and sugarcane ethanol — at 13 pesos per liter in the Apizaco-Tetla area.

The ethanol has to be mixed with gasoline given its high octane rating of 113. Regular gasolines such as magna and premium have an octane rating of 87 and 92 points, respectively.

Once the ethanol is combined with gasoline the octane rating of Oxifuel’s product is pared down to between 95 and 97 and can power normal engines, with the added benefit of reducing emissions.

Fernández explained that the biofuel does not harm engines and that with the market still reeling after last week’s big price hike, called the gasolinazo, its popularity among consumers has increased.

After three days of operations, his fuel allocation of 4,000 liters was depleted and Fernández had to temporarily shut down his one-pump gas station.

“People accepted ethanol. In just three days I ran out and I’m waiting for a new shipment in the coming days,” Fernández said, observing that Pemex stations in the area were selling Premium for more than 17 pesos a liter.

Oxifuel operates 57 stations in the states of Veracruz, Oaxaca, Puebla, Morelos, México, Hidalgo and Tlaxcala.

Source: Reforma (sp)

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  • Gerald R Meyers

    Competition is great!.

  • K. Chris C.

    Problem is, ethanol damages many older cars’ engines and fuel supply tubing. Also rusts out exhaust systems from the increased water in the exhaust.

    Save today, pay tomorrow.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

    • David L. Allison

      Less carbon released to the atmosphere.

      Save today, save tomorrow.

    • deborahdupre

      I’ve used it in my old cars for years without any such problem and know literally hundreds of others experiencing the same. I ran one of my old cars on nothing but coconut oil (from wasting coconunts fallen on the grown). All ran beautifully, didn’t cause asthma or cancer… and smelled like candy. Want to learn more? Watch the movie FUEL. Why throw out old cooking oil. Upcycle it.

      • K. Chris C.

        E15 is 15% ethanol.

        “…The new orange label displays “E15″ in large type and states that the
        fuel is for use only in 2001 or newer model-year vehicles or flex-fuel
        vehicles, and that it is illegal to use it in other vehicles or in power
        equipment such as lawnmowers.
        In response to the release of the labels, nine automakers—including Chrysler, General Motors, and Toyota—wasted no time writing letters to Congress criticizing the proposal
        and noting that they will not honor warranties for older cars running
        on E15. The automakers say they are concerned about the effects of E15
        on engines, fuel pumps, and other fuel-system components in cars that
        were not designed for it…”

        An American citizen, not US subject.

      • Don Neilson, San Diego

        Deborah, your coconut oil claim sounds preposterous, but if you can provide details about the “fuel” and your long term experience with it, I will concede your are not nuts. Please tell us how the stuff is processed, where you purchased it, the octane rating, the cost, how long (miles) it was used, the specific engine it was used in, the engine and fuel system modifications required to use the stuff, and any other pertinent information that would support this ridiculous claim.

    • deborahdupre

      Untrue. Please see my reply to Don below. Thank you.
      By the way, I now run my electric car on solar from my house.

  • Come to Michoacán! Por favor!

  • deborahdupre

    Don, Not at all a “ridiculous claim” nor “preposterous”. Ask Tony Deamer in Vanuatu where I worked three years and filled up on coconut oil at his station:
    Also, watch my son Josh Tickell’s movie FUEL and/or read his best selling book Biodesiel America and his book, From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank.
    Little (small $60.USD part added) to no modifications.
    What’s ridiculous is that more people don’t buy old (or new) diesel cars and run on recycled oil or coconut oil… for pennies compared to giving oil barons hard earned money for their dirty oil.

    • Don Neilson, San Diego

      Your reply being woefully short of answers, it was necessary to watch the video you provided, and make some deductions. Apparently, your car was diesel powered, which means it can run on biodiesel fuel, which is what coconut oil can be. It will not work in an engine designed to run on gasoline, period! So far so good. Mixing it with kerosene, as your supplier does, significantly alters the mixture, making it a bit more effective as a fuel, though the fuel/biodiesel mixture is less biodiesel. Changes the cost evaluation, too. But the story is grossly incomplete. Using it in cold climates, where it readily congeals in low temperatures, is impossible without supplementary heating, as it won’t flow through a normal fuel delivery system. Using it in the warmth of Vanuatu, as you did, is plausible. But, long term usage will present additional challenges, such as internal engine damage. An internet search will provide the details. Biodiesel is not yet a viable alternate fuel, no matter how many people fuss with it, though it may some day be formulated to the extent necessary to accomplish that goal.