Nebraska Governor Requires Refueling Flexible Fuel Vehicles with E85

May 20, 2005

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman executive order on May 20 that requires the use of E85 in the state's flexible fuel vehicles and B2 biodiesel in all of the State's vehicles with diesel engines. E85 is a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline that can be used flexible-fuel vehicles. These vehicles are like standard gasoline vehicles with slightly larger fuel injectors and lining on the gas tank and fuel lines and can run on any mixture of ethanol and gasoline. B2 is a mixture of 98% conventional diesel and 2% biodiesel. It can run in conventional diesel engines without modifications.

The State of Nebraska operates more than 300 flexible-fuel vehicles and approximately 2,500 diesel vehicles. The State already requires its conventional vehicles to refuel with E10. Heineman said, " The use of ethanol blends and biodiesel fuels is important to our rural communities. It benefits our cities and our environment as well, all while reducing our dependence on foreign oil. We all save money when state government pays less for fuel." For more on the executive order, see the governor's May 20 press release.

Heineman issued the order two days after attending the opening a new E85 station in Lincoln. It is the first ethanol refueling station to operate in Lincoln in a number of years. The governor attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony with dignitaries from the Nebraska Ethanol Board and General Motors (GM). At the ceremony, GM presented Heineman with the keys to a Chevrolet Avalanche flexible-fuel vehicle. Gary Herwick, former director of alternative fuels for GM, said, "We support the use of E85 because it's an alternative fuel that relies on domestic production."

Altogether, the state now has 15 stations that sold more than 500,000 gallons of E85 in 2004. For more information on the event, see the governor's May 18 press release.