and Kroger Stores to Help More Texas Motorists Power Their GM FlexFuel Vehicles
GM extends partnership with Governors' Ethanol Coalition to promote E85 ethanol
as alternative, renewable fuel in Texas and across the country
AUSTIN, Texas, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors today announced
plans for the addition of E85 ethanol fuel to be offered at approximately 20
Kroger fueling sites strategically placed throughout the Houston and Dallas
area through a collaborative partnership with the retailer and Abengoa
Bioenergy. The collaboration is part of a broader, national GM campaign to
boost the use and awareness of ethanol-based E85 fuel in the United States.
"I am proud that Texas has the most vehicles that can run on 85 percent
ethanol-blended gasoline," said Gov. Rick Perry. "I commend General Motors
and its partners for taking steps to make this highly concentrated ethanol
fuel -- called E85 -- more widely available to Texas drivers. I support
efforts to further promote the availability and demand of environmentally-friendly fuel across our state."
As part of the partnership, GM will promote the availability of the fuel
with consumer and dealer outreach. The partnership is similar to those GM
entered into with VeraSun Energy last May in the Sioux Falls area and more
recently in the Chicago and Minneapolis areas, as well as earlier this year in
California with Chevron Technology Ventures and Pacific Ethanol.
"GM already has 1.5 million vehicles on the road today that are capable of
using E85 fuel. We appreciate that Abengoa Bioenergy and Kroger have joined
our efforts to make this great fuel alternative available to more people in
Texas," said Ken W. Cole, vice president for law and public policy at General
Motors. "We will continue to work with organizations like the GEC and the
NEVC to promote the use of E85 across the country, with its many benefits for
the environment, the economy and consumers."
As part of the agreement, Abengoa Bioenergy will be the principal supplier
of E85 ethanol fuel to Kroger retail outlets in Dallas and Houston. Kroger
plans to begin introducing the alternative fuel at selected pumps in May of
"We are pleased to make more E85 fuel available to Texans through our
partnership with General Motors and Kroger," said Javier Salgado, CEO, Abengoa
Bioenergy Corporation. "Abengoa Bioenergy is committed to finding ways to
lessen the world's dependence on oil and to producing biofuels that are not
harmful to the environment. Since we believe E85 to be among the best
renewable fuel alternatives, it is vitally important to increase its
availability to consumers."
"Kroger is proud to offer its customers and the many Texas motorists
greater access to E85 fuel in the Houston and Dallas markets," said Bill
Breetz, President of the Southwest Kroger Marketing Area.
GM also announced that it would extend its partnership with the Governors'
Ethanol Coalition (GEC) -- a bipartisan group of governors devoted to the
promotion and increased use of ethanol -- to provide new E85-capable vehicles
for use in GEC member states. This collaborative effort, which was launched
in early 2005, is designed to increase awareness of ethanol and flexible fuel
vehicles, and to promote the increased use of E85 as a renewable, alternative
transportation fuel that is able to meet the demands of today's drivers. Last
year, GM loaned E85 FlexFuel vehicles to Texas and 27 other states and
organizations in order to demonstrate its commitment to ethanol, educate the
public and promote the benefits of using E85.
"Today's announcement by General Motors and its partners demonstrates
their commitment to the environment while providing the people of Texas with a
clean and reliable fuel that will help meet our state's growing energy needs,"
said Tom Craddick, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.
"Additionally, we are proud that many FlexFuel vehicles are manufactured here
in Texas by GM."
The announcements were made today at the Texas State Capitol at an event
attended by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas Commissioner of Agriculture,
Susan Combs, who were on hand to help GM present the keys for a 2007 E85-capable Chevrolet Tahoe to the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC) for
use in Texas to promote ethanol and E85-capable vehicles.
"The state of Texas is committed to promoting consumer support of
renewable fuels like E85," said Lt. Gov. Dewhurst. "As our population
continues to grow here in Texas and throughout the country, renewable energy
will play an important role in meeting future energy demands while improving
our environment and the air we breathe. E85 is a reliable and clean
alternative resource and I applaud General Motors for its dedication to
encouraging the use of clean energy in Texas."
GM's Arlington plant is one of GM's largest producers of E85 flexible fuel
vehicles and Texas has the highest number of GM alternative fuel vehicles in
the country -- with over 258,743 E85 vehicles on the road today. The state of
Texas currently has 300 GM flexible fuel vehicles in its fleet, with plans to
add several hundred more later this year.
"Texas agriculture is ready to step up to the plate as a vital resource of
renewable energy," Combs said. "On average, Texas growers produce about 200
million bushels of corn annually in addition to other biofuel resources, such
as sorghum and timber. Using renewable resources for renewable energy just
makes sense. It helps our country meet our future energy needs, and we're
proud that Texas can be a part of it."
Accepting the E85-capable Chevrolet Tahoe on behalf of the NEVC, Curtis
Donaldson added, "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." Donaldson is chairman of the NEVC and
president of Clean Fuel USA.
GM's 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.
Research has shown that many owners of FlexFuel vehicles do not know that
their vehicles are capable of using E85. In January, GM announced a sweeping
consumer education and advertising campaign in Washington, D.C. aimed at
promoting the benefits of E85 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
(http://livegreengoyellow.com ) and broadcast media components.
With 1.5 million flexible-fuel vehicles already on the road, GM is a
leader in flexible-fuel vehicle production and sales. GM has nine models that
are E85-capable, and plans to add more than 400,000 E85-capable vehicles to
the fleet in 2006. At the same time, worldwide production of ethanol is
increasing every year, and is expected to triple by 2020.
General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been
the global industry sales leader for 75 years. Founded in 1908, GM today
employs about 327,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in
Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries. In 2005, 9.17
million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands:
Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac,
Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall. More information on GM can be found at
The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition is a nonprofit membership
organization that serves as the nation's primary advocacy group promoting the
use of 85 percent ethanol as a form of alternative transportation fuel. The
NEVC is composed of a wide range of organizations, including state and local
interest groups, state and local elected officials, ethanol producers, vehicle
manufacturers, agricultural interests, ethanol suppliers and others. As the
nation works toward achieving energy independence, sustainability and the
advancement of environmental stewardship, the members of the NEVC believe the
role of renewable fuels, such as E85, must have an ever-expanding role. For
more information, visit http://www.e85fuel.com .
About Abengoa Bioenergy:
Abengoa Bioenergy is a subsidiary of Abengoa S.A., a 2.0 billion euro
holding company headquartered in Seville, Spain. Abengoa Bioenergy owns and
operates five facilities throughout the United States and Europe with a total
production capacity of 195 million gallons; two additional plants (135 Mgall)
are under construction. The corporate headquarters for Abengoa Bioenergy, in
St. Louis, Missouri, is also home to Abengoa Bioenergy R&D, a subsidiary which
focuses all R&D efforts and resources on biomass and fuel cell activities to
further advance the research, development and production of bioethanol
products worldwide. For more information, visit
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kroger is one of the nation's largest
retail grocery chains. At the end of fiscal 2005, the Company operated
(either directly or through its subsidiaries) 2,507 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banners including Kroger,
Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, King Soopers, Smith's and Smith's
Marketplace, Fry's and Fry's Marketplace, Dillons, QFC and City Market.
Kroger also operated (either directly or through subsidiaries, franchise
agreements, or operating agreements) 791 convenience stores, 428 fine jewelry
stores, 579 supermarket fuel centers and 42 food processing plants. For more
information about Kroger, please visit our web site at http://www.kroger.com .
SOURCE General Motors Corporation
Dave Barthmuss, Manager, Public Policy, Environment & Energy
Communications/North America, GM Global Policy Communications, +1-805-373-9572,
Cell: +1-805-279-6414, firstname.lastname@example.org ; Christine Milligan, Mullen for
General Motors, +1-978-468-8951, Cell: +1-917-841-2098,
email@example.com ; Lynn Marmer or Gary Huddleston, Kroger, +1-513-762-4441, +1-972-785-6004; Christopher Standlee of Abengoa Bioenergy
Corporation, +1-636-728-0508, firstname.lastname@example.org
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