Bioenergy

Artwork Revs Up Ethanol Corn Car

The Kansas Corn Commission’s ethanol-powered Ford Taurus has a new look. The Taurus was treated to a car wrap that features ears of corn floating from a cornfield into a blue sky. Lettering on the car unmistakably touts the use of ethanol-blended fuels. The Kansas Corn Commission and Kansas Corn Growers Association will use the car to promote ethanol and corn at fair parades and other events throughout the year.

Garnett, Kansas – July 31, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] “We wanted a car that would give a positive message about ethanol and corn,” Director of Value Added Products Robert White said. “This isn’t just a car with a picture on it. The entire car is the picture. It’s a real head-turner.” The 2002 Ford Taurus is a flexible fuel vehicle, which can run on any combination of regular unleaded and ethanol up to 85 percent ethanol. The Commission is active in efforts to increase the use and availability of ethanol-blended fuels. The Commission is currently focusing on a campaign to increase the use and availability of E10 Unleaded, unleaded fuel with 10 percent ethanol. E10 Unleaded is now available at more than 325 stations in 91Kansas counties. The commission is also active in efforts to expand the infrastructure to increase the use of E85 fuel, an 85 percent ethanol fuel that can be used in flexible fuel vehicles. Kansas currently has one public fueling station for E85 fuel located at the Topeka Travel Plaza in Topeka. The state soon could have additional E85 fueling sites. The Taurus was featured at several fair parades and events this month including the Coffey County Fair, on July 25, Burlington; July 29 at the Anderson County Fair, Garnett; July 30 at the Miami County Fair, Paola. It will also be on display on August 2 at the Haskell County Fair, Sublette and the Harvey County Fair, Newton; Aug. 6 at the Marion County Fair, Hillsboro; Aug 8 at the Tall Corn Festival’s Tall Corn Contest, Rossville; Aug. 9 at the Johnson County Fair, Gardner. The Kansas Corn Commission is made up of growers from the state’s nine crop reporting districts who determine how the half-cent per bushel corn check-off is invested in the areas of research, market development, promotion and education.