January 15, 2007

Illinois bill requires state agencies to purchase flexible fuel vehicles

Springfield, Illinois – Governor Rod Blagojevich has signed legislation requiring Illinois state agencies to purchase Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) that can run on E85, and diesel-powered vehicles that can run on B5, a blend of diesel fuel with five per cent biodiesel. The bill also encourages state agencies to purchase hybrid vehicles.

“This bill will help further the progress we’ve made in recent years in building one of the largest green fleets in the nation,” Blagojevich says. “By using biofuels to fuel state cars and trucks, we’re helping the environment and supporting our farmers.”

To increase the number of large vehicles powered by biofuels, the bill also allows consumers to purchase large alternative-fuel vehicles out of state if they are not available in-state, and be able to qualify for a rebate program of up to US$4,000 per vehicle, administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Current law requires that vehicles over 8,500 lbs (3,855 kg) must be purchased in Illinois to be eligible.

Last August, Blagojevich unveiled a comprehensive long-term energy plan to replace Illinois’ dependence on foreign oil with homegrown alternatives. The governor’s plan sets a goal of meeting 50 per cent of the state’s transportation fuel needs with homegrown fuels by 2017.

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