The historical US cost of methanol, gasoline and E85 are compared in Figure 3. The costs of E85 and gasoline in Figure 3 are average prices at the refueling stations. The cost of methanol represents the addition of the wholesale price, plus distribution (20 cents per gallon gasoline equivalent [Stark, Short]) and taxes, assumed to be 40 cents per gallon gasoline equivalent (18 cents/gallon federal tax and about 22 cents/gallon state tax [gastax]). The costs have been referenced to equal energy content, and are shown in dollars per gallon gasoline equivalent.


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