Kroger and Partners Announce 18 New E85 Stations in Texas

March 31, 2006

The Kroger Company announced plans to install 28 new E85 stations in the Dallas and Houston areas as part of a partnership with General Motors, the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, and Abengoa Bioenergy. Abengoa is a European ethanol conglomerate with U.S. headquarters in St. Louis and production facilities in Texas.

Texas Governor Rick Perry immediately applauded the announcement and said, "I commend General Motors and its partners for taking steps to make this highly concentrated ethanol fuel — called E85 — more widely available to Texas drivers. I support efforts to further promote the availability and demand of environmentally-friendly fuel across the state."

General Motors announced that it will extend its partnership with the Governor's Ethanol Coalition (GEC) to provide E85 compatible vehicles to GEC member states, including Texas. According to the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, Texas has more than 250,000 flexible fuel vehicles on the road that can use E85, gasoline, or a combination of the two fuels, the most for all states.

Kroger, which is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, will price E85 ethanol lower than regular unleaded gasoline. For more information, see the Kroger March 30 press release.