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Chicagoland getting more E85 pumps, GM says

Agriculture.com Staff 02/08/2006 @ 8:57am

General Motors today announced 26 additional E85 refueling pumps will be added to stations in the greater Chicago area through collaborative partnerships with Shell Oil Products US and VeraSun Energy Corp. The collaboration is part of a broader, national GM campaign to boost the use and awareness of ethanol-based E85 fuel in the U.S.

South Dakota-based VeraSun Energy, the nation's second-largest producer of ethanol, announced the availability of VE85 at 20 Gas City stations in the Chicago metro area. VE85 is VeraSun's branded E85.

Shell will participate in a test pilot with GM to gauge consumer interest in alternative fuels by monitoring behavior at the pump. The company will supply E85 refueling pumps at approximately six stations in Chicago.

GM already has 1.5 million flexible-fuel vehicles on the road. E85 FlexFuel vehicles can run on any combination of gasoline and/or E85, a fuel blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.The company has nine models that are E85-capable, and says it plans to add more than 400,000 E85-capable vehicles to the fleet in 2006.

Later this year, all new GM FlexFuel vehicles will be equipped with yellow fuel caps at the factory to remind owners that their vehicles are E85-capable. Some current owners will receive the special caps as well.

To promote E85 fuel and vehicles during the Chicago Auto Show, several major Chicago buildings will be illuminated in yellow lights in reference to the corn that is used to make most of the ethanol in the U.S. E85 supply. City "street teams" will randomly reach out to Chicagoans Feb. 10-12 and 17-19 with giveaways that promote GM's new "Live Green Go Yellow" E85 marketing and advertising campaign.

GM also will promote E85 with a major presence in the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and with 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart.

General Motors today announced 26 additional E85 refueling pumps will be added to stations in the greater Chicago area through collaborative partnerships with Shell Oil Products US and VeraSun Energy Corp. The collaboration is part of a broader, national GM campaign to boost the use and awareness of ethanol-based E85 fuel in the U.S.

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