Washington, D.C. – U.S. Interstate 65 is now “America’s First Biofuels Corridor”, with E85 ethanol and B20 biodiesel available from Gary, Indiana to Mobile, Alabama, according to the Green Car Congress. The fuels are available for the entire 886-mile (1,425 km) length of the interstate, with a driver no more than a quarter of a tank’s drive away from a participating E85 retailer.
The US$1.3 million federal project began in 2006 and involved Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama, the four states through which I-65 travels, and funded 31 E85 stations and five B20 stations, along with one biodiesel blending facility on the Indiana/Ohio border. In 2005, there were no stations for either fuel along the highway.
To mark the project’s completion, project officials and partners drove as two groups from the north and south ends of the highway and met in Clarksville, Indiana on October 9. The partners include the U.S. Department of Energy, the Indiana Office of Energy and Defense Development, the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, the America Lung Association of Indiana, the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council, and General Motors.
Currently, Indiana has 123 biofuel refuelling locations; Tennessee has 50, Kentucky has 34, and Alabama has 13.