July 7, 2006

General Motors collaborates to bring E85 fuel to Ohio

Ohio Governor Bob Taft with an E85 flexible fuel Chevrolet Tahoe
Ohio Governor Bob Taft with an E85 flexible fuel Chevrolet Tahoe. Click image to enlarge

Columbus, Ohio – General Motors has announced a collaborative partnership with Kroger Stores and the State of Ohio to facilitate plans for the addition of several new E85 ethanol fuelling sites in central Ohio. The first pump will be installed at a Kroger station in Columbus.

Ohio Governor Bob Taft signed House Bill 245 into law, which provides financial assistance to retailers adding or converting pumps to carry ethanol and biodiesel. Kroger has stated it will make station improvements as consumer demand grows, and plans pumps in Dayton, Cincinnati and Toledo.

General Motors has announced similar partnerships with other state governments, the oil industry, ethanol producers and retail partners in California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota and Texas. GM says these partnerships will locate up to 160 new E85 ethanol fuelling locations by the end of 2006.

For model year 2006, GM has nine E85 flexible fuel vehicles, including the Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, Silverado, Avalanche, Impala and Monte Carlo, and GMC Yukon, Yukon XL and Sierra.

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