1. Rising Gasoline Prices - Can Ethanol Help?

I am a student at the University of Sioux Falls working on a research project to find out what the amount of general public awareness is of the alternative fuel, Ethanol (E-85).

Gasoline has recently seen many swings in its prices and it has left the driver feeling vulnerable to its high costs. These recent price increases have also increased usage of ethanol, the number of news stories, and questions. I am interested to see what the consumers' personal dependence on gasoline is, if ethanol is a realistic alternative, and how the consumer has been affected by the rising prices of gasoline. If you are someone who relies on driving in your daily routine I would appreciate it if you would spend a few minutes assisting me with my research project by completing this survey. You can see the results after you finish. Thanks. Matt Johnson.

(If the answer doesn't apply or you don't know you may skip the question)

* 1. What is the size of your community that you live in?

* 2. What part of the country do you live?

* 3. How many people in your household drive on a regular basis?

* 4. How many miles do you commute to work? (one way)

* 5. What type of vehicle do you primarily drive?

* 6. How many miles per gallon does this vehicle get on average commutes?

* 7. On average, how often do you refuel this vehicle per month?

* 8. On average, how much do you spend refueling this vehicle per month?

* 9. At what price would you begin to drive only for work and other essentials?

* 10. Have you given up any road trips because of gas prices over $2.00?

* 11. How much do you consider fuel efficiency in the purchase of a vehicle? (Scale 1 - 10, with ten as the most important)

* 12. How high is your concern for rising gas prices? (Scale 1 -10, with ten the most concerned)

* 13. Were you aware that the US receives most of its oil from other countries?

* 14. Do you believe that an oil crisis is upon us? (The end of cheap oil)

* 15. What is the solution to an oil crisis? (Multiple Answers, If other put in comments at bottom)

A flexible fuel vehicle (FFV) is an automobile that can run on ethanol fuel produced from corn. This fuel is a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% gas. The price of the fuel in Sioux Falls has remained steady at $1.69/gallon through the volatility of gas and recently there were six fueling stations added bringing the total to seven. FFV is an option in certain vehicles and these vehicles can run on both ethanol and regular gasoline in the same tank. There are approximately five million FFV’s in the US and 4,000 in the Sioux Falls area.

* 16. Are you aware of the availability of ethanol fuel? (E-85)

* 17. How high do you consider you knowledge of FFV’s? (Scale 1 - 10, ten the most knowledge)

* 18. Does anyone in your household own a FFV?

* 19. Do you know anyone else who owns a FFV? If yes, how many?

* 20. Have you yet considered the purchase of a FFV?

* 21. Have you considered the purchase of any other type of alternative energy vehicle such as a hybrid?

* 22. Thank you for your participation in this survey. If you have any questions or comments leave a message below (and leave your email address if they are questions) or email me at sfmattjohnson@yahoo.com.

You may return to the site whenever you wish to view the ongoing results. Just go to: WWW.ETHANOL.CC and click on the link on the top right of the page. Please click on the link below to finish first. Thanks. Matt.
For additional info on ethanol visit: ethanol.org