Ford and GM to Help Install E85 Pumps in Missouri and Illinois
Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation (GM) have extended their commitment to E85—a blend of 85 percent ethanol with 15 percent gasoline—with specific plans to install new E85 pumps. Ford and VeraSun Energy will establish a "Midwest Ethanol Corridor" by converting 40 existing fuel pumps in Illinois and Missouri to E85. The project will increase the availability of E85 in the region by about a third. Ford estimates there are 50,000 owners of Ford flexible fuel vehicles in Illinois and 28,000 in Missouri. See the Ford press release.
GM is also increasing E85 availability in Illinois: the company announced at the Chicago Auto Show that it will add 26 new E85 pumps in the greater Chicago area through a partnership with VeraSun Energy and Shell. GM also displayed a Chevrolet Avalanche that can run on E85 at the Chicago Auto Show. The company has launched a campaign to promote E85, called "Live Green Go Yellow," that includes a companion Web site. See GM's press release, Chicago Auto Show Web site, and "Live Green Go Yellow" Web site.