June 6, 2006

Ford pushing ethanol as alternative fuel

Dearborn, Michigan – The Ford Motor Company has announced plans to have nearly two million ethanol-capable vehicles on the road by the end of 2006.

Ethanol is an alcohol additive, made from feedstocks such as corn, sugar cane or sugar beets, which is mixed with various percentages of gasoline. Ford’s flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs) are capable of operating on E85 (85 per cent ethanol), gasoline, or any mixture in between. E85 usually costs less than gasoline, but provides about 25 per cent less energy than an equal amount of gasoline, and in the U.S. only about 600 of the country’s 170,000 retail gas stations offer it.

The company also says that a number of consumers are not aware that their vehicles are FFV. Owners can visit www.customersaskford.com and type in “VIN decode” for their vehicle’s information. There is also a federal U.S. Web site, www.e85fuel.com/information/ford.php, which can decode FFV vehicle information numbers made by various manufacturers.

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