GM Helps Michigan Develop 20 E85 Gas Stations

Even though research shows that many owners of flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs), which total 1.5 million on the roads today, do not know that their vehicles are capable of using E85, there is progress in making the public aware through projects such as this collaboration between GM, the state of Michigan, Meijer and CleanFUEL USA.

With the intention of adding nearly 20 new E85 ethanol fueling sites in the southeast part of the state, GM is helping Michigan motorists power their GM FFVs with readily available E85. The collaborative partnership, which was announced by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm during an event at the State Capitol, includes Meijer and CleanFUEL USA, and is part of a broader, national GM campaign to boost the use and awareness of ethanol-based E85 fuel in the U.S. “The production of ethanol and its use present a tremendous opportunity for Michigan’s economy and the world’s environment,” said Granholm. “Using ethanol for renewable energy helps our country meet our future energy needs and we commend GM, CleanFUEL USA and Meijer for their support and promotion of this alternative fuel.” E85 FlexFuel vehicles can run on any combination of gasoline and/or E85, a fuel blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. Michigan is home to one of the largest concentrations of GM’s E85 flexible-fuel vehicles in the country with 140,000 GM company vehicle drivers and members of the general public. The state is also among the nation’s leading corn producers with more than 257 million bushels per year and is 11th in the nation in terms of overall ethanol production. “CleanFUEL USA develops the technology required to use alternative fuels in vehicle engines and to distribute alternative fuel to customers, and one of our primary missions is to make alternative fuels available as quickly and efficiently as possible to everyone,” said Russell C. Youngdahl, Jr., CEO and director, CleanFUEL USA. “This partnership represents a significant step forward in accomplishing that mission in Michigan.” The announcement is part of the effort by GM and the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition, a bipartisan group of governors devoted to the promotion and increased use of ethanol.
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