Aloha Petroleum Expands Ethanol-Free Gas

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Aloha Petroleum Expands Ethanol-Free Gas

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Aloha Petroleum's ethanol-free Aloha Classic Gasoline, formulated for boat engines and other small motors that are not designed to operate with ethanol-blended gasoline, expanded distribution to its retail gas location in Kahalu'u.

"We have many customers on the windward side who use ethanol-free gas for their boats, older cars and lawn mowers. We wanted to make it convenient for them to fill up with 89 octane fuel, which won't clog carburetors or damage marine fuel tanks," said Richard Parry, president and chief executive officer of Aloha Petroleum. "We've been selling Aloha Classic in Waianae and in Mountain View on the Big Island since last year, and at small boat harbors since 2007. There's strong demand for ethanol-free gas and we're fortunate to be in a position to supply it to our customers."

Aloha Petroleum was the first retailer on Oahu and the Big Island to make ethanol-free gasoline available after a state law took effect in 2006 requiring 85 percent of the gasoline sold in Hawaii to contain at least 10 percent ethanol, a fuel produced from agricultural crops such as corn and sugar cane. Until Aloha Petroleum began marketing Aloha Classic Gasoline in early 2007, ethanol-free gasoline was largely unavailable in the state.

Aloha Petroleum said it made ethanol-free gas available after boaters began reporting numerous problems with running ethanol-blended gasoline in their marine engines. These problems were related to the configuration of engine and fuel systems, the marine operating environment and irregular patterns of boat usage.

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