N.Y. Gas Stations First in State to Sell Ethanol to Public

Two upstate New York gas stations are selling ethanol fuel to the general public and officials said they are the first in the state to do so.

In light of increasing gas prices and environmental concerns, some drivers have started using alternative fuels. Around 200,000 vehicles in the state can accept the blend of 85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline known as E-85.

The Campus Mobil station near the University at Albany and a co-owned property in Warrensburg on Monday became the first gas stations in the state to sell the 100 percent American-made fuel to the public.

For the next four years, New York state isn't collecting any taxes on E-85, making the fuel cheaper than regular gasoline.