It’s What Michigan Wants

Cindy Zimmerman

Michigan-based retailer Meijer opened its first E85 ethanol fueling station this week in Warren, MI. According to a company release, the pump is one of 20 which will be installed at Meijer gas stations across the state before the end of this year. In April, Meijer, General Motors, CleanFUEL USA and the State of Michigan announced a collaborative partnership to …

Car Makers, Ethanol, Flex Fuel Vehicles

Focus on Ford in London

Cindy Zimmerman

Ford has been generating ethanol excitement this week at the British International Motor Show in London with its Ford Focus FFVs. Ford announced that UK supermarket giant Morrison’s – which recently became the first retailer to sell “bio-ethanol” – became the proud owner of the 1,000,000th Ford Focus FFV sold in the country. The company also announced that the Focus …

Car Makers, Ethanol

Toyota “Considering” FFVs

Cindy Zimmerman

While all of the “Big Three” U.S. car makers are pushing their lines of flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs) capable of running on up to 85 percent ethanol, Toyota continues to mull it over. A press release this week quoted Toyota Motor North America president Jim Press saying, Toyota is strongly considering introducing a flex-fuel vehicle program in the U.S. “We’re already …

Car Makers, Ethanol, Flex Fuel Vehicles

Big 3 FFV Promise

Cindy Zimmerman

DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation have announced plans to double the annual production of flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) to two million by the year 2010. According to an Illinois Corn Growers release, the auto manufacturers pledged this commitment last week in a letter addressed to members of Congress signed by Chrysler Group President and CEO, Tom LaSorda, …

Car Makers, Ethanol, Flex Fuel Vehicles

From Ethanol to Hydrogen

Cindy Zimmerman

The head of General Motors’ research and development says ethanol could be paving the way for the use of hydrogen in cars in the future. GM’s Lawrence Burns told Reuters Wednesday that encouraging farmers to grow corn or other grains that can be converted into clean-burning, renewable fuel creates a system that can he readily applied to generating hydrogen as …

Car Makers, Ethanol, Hydrogen

Handing Over The Keys

Chuck Zimmerman

One of the speakers at today’s Ethanol Summit was Ed Peper, General Manager of Chevrolet. He’s pictured here with Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. I interviewed Ed about General Motors committment to alternative fuel vehicles (AFV’s) after his remarks to the Summit attendees. He made it very clear that GM is in the alternative fuels business to stay. He says …

Audio, Car Makers, EPIC, Ethanol, Indy Racing, Promotion

Auto Makers Back 25x’25

Cindy Zimmerman

According to Paddock Talk, the CEOs of General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler are supporting efforts that seek to provide 25 percent of America’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2025, known as 25X’25. In meetings with Congressional leaders today, Chrysler Group President and CEO Tom LaSorda, Ford Motor Company Chairman and CEO Bill Ford and General Motors Chairman and CEO …

Car Makers, Government

Stalk Car Race

Cindy Zimmerman

General Motors made ethanol history Friday when a Chevy Silverado E-85 Flex Fuel Vehicle (FFV) served as the pace car for the GM Flex Fuel 250 at Daytona race, starting the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, according to a news release. “GM is delighted to be able to sponsor the event tonight,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “We are …

Car Makers, EPIC, Ethanol, Flex Fuel Vehicles, Racing