Fourteen Ethanol Stations Open “Ethanol Corridor”

VeraSun Energy Corporation, in partnership with Ford Motor Company, officially opened a new Midwest Ethanol Corridor, which will increase the availability of VE85, VeraSun’s branded E85, with the addition of 14 new retail locations along I-55 in Illinois.

“The opening of this corridor is the culmination of work between VeraSun and Ford, both of which committed to work in partnership to expand the availability of E85. While it is important to expand the availability of E85, it is equally important to raise consumer awareness regarding FFV ownership and E85 use. We believe this corridor serves as one example of how both objectives can be achieved when the automotive and ethanol industries work together,” said Don Endres, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, VeraSun Energy Corporation. “Today’s launch represents an important step toward wider accessibility of E85 for America’s drivers,” said Bill Ford, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ford Motor Company. “Ethanol is an energy source straight from America’s farmlands.” Ford currently offers four FFV models designed to run on E85 or gasoline — the 2006 Ford F-150, Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car — and will produce up to 250,000 FFVs this year. “Consumers can realize the benefits of using E85 today. It is a domestically produced, renewable fuel made from corn grown in the Midwest. E85 is good for our economy, reduces our dependence on foreign oil, and burns cleaner than regular gasoline, which is better for our environment,” said Bill Honnef, VeraSun’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

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