between GM, Shell Oil Products U.S. and VeraSun Energy Corp. will bring
26 additional E85 refueling stations to the greater Chicago area.
is part of a broader, national GM campaign to boost the use and awareness
of ethanol-based E85 fuel in the U.S.
E85 fuel and vehicles during the Chicago Auto Show, several major Chicago
buildings will be illuminated in yellow lights in reference to the corn
that is used to make most of the ethanol in the U.S. E85 supply; and city
"street teams" will randomly reach out to Chicagoans Feb. 10-12
and 17-19 with giveaways that promote GM's new "Live Green Go Yellow"
E85 marketing and advertising campaign. GM also will promote E85 with
a major presence in the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and with 2005
NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart.
The E85 partnership
and marketing campaign are designed to encourage
greater E85 use and showcase GM's E85 FlexFuel vehicle leadership to U.S.
consumers. E85 FlexFuel 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.
is pursuing gasoline-savings solutions on many fronts on the way to our
ultimate vision of hydrogen fuel cell-powered transportation," said
Elizabeth Lowery, GM vice president of environment and energy. "E85
ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline and is a renewable, domestic fuel
that can enhance the nation's economy and energy security."