General Motors today provided an E85-capable Chevrolet Tahoe to the Common wealth of Virginia as part of an ongoing campaign to promote ethanol and E85-capable vehicles in the state. Governor Timothy M. Kaine accepted the vehicle at an event to celebrate the opening of Virginia’s new state owned and operated E85 ethanol fuel dispensing facility. Governor Kaine also announced plans to work with General Motors and private retailers to establish Virginia’s first public E85 ethanol fueling sites at several locations across the state.
“We are excited to be bringing E85 ethanol to Virginia and we are delighted to work with General Motors to promote E85 ethanol and E85 capable vehicles across the commonwealth,” said Kaine. “We appreciate GM’s support of cleaner-burning alternative fuels like ethanol and its promotion of E85, which helps reduce tailpipe and greenhouse gas emissions, while supporting the economy and increasing our nation’s energy independence.”
The E85 ethanol vehicle presentation is part of a campaign by GM and the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition (GEC), a bipartisan group of governors devoted to the promotion and increased use of ethanol. This collaborative effort, which began in 2005, is designed to increase awareness of E85 ethanol and flexible fuel vehicles, and to promote the increased use of E85 ethanol as a renewable, alternative transportation fuel that is able to meet the demands of today’s drivers. The Commonwealth of Virginia will showcase the E85-capable Chevrolet Tahoe in various ways and events throughout the year.
“GM already has over two million vehicles on the road today that are capable of using E85 ethanol fuel,” said Elizabeth Lowery, GM vice president of environment and energy. “We appreciate the support of Gov. Kaine and the Commonwealth of Virginia as we continue to promote the use of E85 ethanol and its many benefits for the environment, the economy and consumers.”
Today’s partnership announcement is similar to other partnerships GM has made with government, fuel providers and fuel retailers across the nation to help grow the E85 ethanol fueling station infrastructure. Since May of 2005, GM has announced partnerships in ten states ( South Dakota, California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania ) to locate up to 170 new E85 ethanol fueling locations by the end of 2006. To date, there are over 1,000 E85 ethanol fueling stations in the U.S.
Since research has shown that many owners of flex-fuel vehicles do not know that their vehicles are capable of using E85 ethanol, GM has initiated a sweeping consumer education and advertising campaign aimed at promoting the benefits of E85 ethanol and GM’s flexible fuel vehicle leadership, and encouraging consumers to actively promote E85 in their communities. “Live Green Go Yellow” ads continue throughout the year with print, web (livegreengoyellow.com) and broadcast media components.
GM is also committed to educating consumers about the fueling options they have as flex fuel owners. Chevrolet and GMC E85 Flex Fuel cars and trucks will soon come equipped with a yellow fuel cap, indicating the consumer has a choice of either gasoline or E85 ethanol fuel.
E85 flex-fuel vehicles can run on any combination of gasoline and/or E85, a fuel blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. E85 can contribute to energy independence because it diversifies the source of transportation fuels beyond petroleum, and it provides positive environmental benefits in the form of reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
GM is a leader in flex-fuel vehicle production and sales. For the 2007 model year, GM offers fifteen E85 flexible fuel vehicles, including the Chevrolet Tahoe , GMC Yukon , GMC Yukon XL, Chevrolet Suburban , Chevrolet Silverado , GMC Sierra , Chevrolet Avalanche , Chevrolet Impala , Chevrolet Monte Carlo , Chevrolet Uplander , Chevrolet Express , GMC Savana, Saturn Relay, Buick Terrazza and the Pontiac Montana SV6 (Canada only). Worldwide production of ethanol is increasing every year.