Michigan, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] General Motors (GM) will offer 18 flexible fuel vehicles in model year 2009. The number of E85 compatible vehicle models available in 2009 is a sharp increase from the past year and follows the group's commitment to make their line at least half E85 compatible by 2012.
GM cars and trucks account for 3 million of the 7 million flex-fuel vehicles on U.S. roadways and the company produced more than 1 million flex-fuel models in North America and Brazil last year.
“We continue to believe that biofuels, specifically E85, is the most significant thing we can do in the near-term to offset future energy demands,” said Beth Lowery, GM vice president of Environment, Energy and Safety Policy. “We are on target to make 50 percent of our vehicles flex-fuel capable by 2012 providing the infrastructure is in place.”
This infrastructure includes both the availability of the E85 fuel and stations where it is sold. Currently, there are more than 1,600 E85 stations thorughout the U.S. You can find a complete listing of E85 facilities from E85Refueling.
The vehicles that will be available in flex-fuel models include cars, trucks and SUVs and are listed below.
- Chevrolet: Avalanche, Express, HHR, HHR Panel, Impala, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe
- GMC: Savana, Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL
- Cadillac: Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT
- Hummer: H2, H2 SUT
- Buick: Lucerne