In a sign of things to come, the Pearson Ford Fuel Depot in San Diego offers just about all of the choices you’ll find these days. They have all of the gasoline grades, diesel, BioWillie biodiesel, E85 ethanol and even propane. I haven’t seen anything quite that diverse in my neck of the woods but it’s only a matter of time. Then how far off will the high pressure hydrogen station be and a “quick charge” electric outlet?
What will be interesting is how they keep all of this separate and obvious for most of the motorists who pull in, there’s probably going to be a need for some very clear color coding system on the nozzles. Putting E85 in a regular gas car or truck won’t be too bad but the diesel might not be so hot, or vice versa. Manufacturers will probably have to develop some “foolproof” way to defeat the potentially expensive wrong fuel fillup but you know it’s going to happen anyway.
Link: Autos Insider
Photo: Chris Park / Associated Press