D.C. Public Works Department Unveils E85 Fueling

May 01, 2004

E85 fuel, an alternative fuel that contains 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline, is now available to drivers of vehicles operated by the District of Columbia Fleet Management Administration (FMA). A new E85 pump was opened on April 21 at 835 West Virginia Avenue, NE, in Washington, D.C.

"When we became aware of the partial funding/grants offered by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board, the U.S. Department of Energy-part through a grant from the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC) to assist with the building of an E85 fueling infrastructure, we moved forward in acquiring the grants and getting stakeholders involved by making a commitment to use the fueling infrastructure," said Ronald Flowers of the Fleet Management Administration.

Flowers added, "We have a strong proactive approach toward improving the environment and the utilization of alternative fueled vehicles. While we have purchased E85 vehicles, we did not have the infrastructure to support the alternative fueling required for the vehicles." More than 300 state and federal fleet vehicles plan to fuel at this location.

"The District of Columbia is joining a number of progressive communities across the nation by adding a domestically produced and renewable transportation fuel to their fuel mix," stated Phil Lampert, Executive Director of the NEVC. "We appreciate the leadership provided by the D.C. Fleet Management Administration. They did not have to undertake this project, but came to us and asked for technical support. This new E85 fueling facility is an excellent example of public/private partnerships that can work to reduce the nation's dependence on imported petroleum. A great deal of the success of this project is based on the leadership provided by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board. We are proud that Maryland Grain is a member of the NEVC and applaud their strong advocacy of the use of renewable alternative transportation fuels."

This is the first E85 pump in the District of Columbia. It is open for state and federal vehicles only. A list of E85 locations throughout the United States is published by the NEVC.