Ethanol Coalition Pushes For Automaker Aid

The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC), the nation’s primary advocate of the use of E85 and high-level blends of ethanol in flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs), is urging Congress and the Bush administration to act quickly to help U.S. automakers with financial assistance.

“U.S. automakers are leading the way in developing and marketing flexible fuel vehicles which run on E85, but without immediate financial assistance, those efforts may go by the wayside,” says NEVC Executive Director Phil Lampert. “I urge Members of Congress and the administration to think not only about the job losses at facilities which produce flexible fuel vehicles, but also the negative impact on the Renewable Fuels Standard, which requires the use of 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels annually by 2022. In order to achieve this national goal, motorists must have access to large quantities of FFVs, primarily being produced by GM, Ford, and Chrysler. The ripple effects of the failure of the auto industry would reach far and wide, and would devastate efforts to expand the use of domestic-renewable alternative transportation fuels such as E85.”

“Support from Congress and the administration will allow the domestic auto industry to continue research and development into vehicles which run on advanced biofuels like E85,” according to an NEVC press release. “The continued development of such vehicles — General Motors alone has 15 models designed to run on E85 — will help the United States break its dependence on foreign petroleum and instead develop new sources of fuel and economic growth here in America.”

(Source: National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition)

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