The state of South Dakota will be adding more infrastructure to fuel their nearly 3,400 government vehicles. According to Ethanol Producer Magazine, ethanol infrastructure will be added to three Department of Transportation campuses in Rapid City, Pierre and Sioux Falls.
This infrastructure will allow DOT to increase their E85 use from 32,640 gallons per year to approximately 250,000 gallons per year. Also available will be mid-level blends of ethanol for the flexible fuel vehicles. For the first six months of operation, the tanks will dispense E85. For the next six months, the tanks will dispense a midlevel blend, likely E30. South Dakota’s Fleet and Travel Office will monitor the use of ethanol-blended fuels and their performance. At the end of the year, the most efficient blend of ethanol will be the fuel routinely distributed at the DOT regional yards.
The state of South Dakota has 96 E85 and blender pump fueling facilities in the state. The three new facilities will be the first privately accessed stations.