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Ethanol Corridor offers more places to fill up with E85

Agriculture.com Staff 07/03/2006 @ 7:34am

Travelers between St. Louis and Chicago now have greater access to ethanol, thanks to the Midwest Ethanol Corridor. A project of VeraSun and Ford, the corridor expands the availability of VE85 -- VeraSun's branded E85 -- to 14 new retail locations along Interstate 55 in Illinois.

A second corridor is planned in the future for Interstate 70 in Missouri, from St. Louis to Kansas City.

"Corn growers are excited two influential companies like Ford and VeraSun have taken the initiative in installing the necessary infrastructure to make E85 more accessible for a public that is craving alternative sources of fuel," said Leon Corzine, National Corn Growers Association chairman. "It’s exciting to have a real commitment from the ethanol industry and auto companies to get E85 pumps in place."

"Today's launch represents an important step toward wider accessibility of E85 for America's drivers," said Bill Ford, chairman and chief executive officer of Ford Motor Company. "Ethanol is an energy source straight from America's farmlands. Ford, together with VeraSun, believes the corridor can help jump-start the growth of E85 as we work to address the nation's energy issues."

Ford, which will produce up to 250,000 flex-fuel vehicles designed to run on E85 or gasoline this year, is running an E85 promotional campaign in Missouri and Illinois. Owners of Ford flex-fuel vehicles in those states will be sent informational materials, including a map highlighting ethanol pump locations along the corridor and in other locations.

Travelers between St. Louis and Chicago now have greater access to ethanol, thanks to the Midwest Ethanol Corridor. A project of VeraSun and Ford, the corridor expands the availability of VE85 -- VeraSun's branded E85 -- to 14 new retail locations along Interstate 55 in Illinois.

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