4.4.2006: Meldung: General Motors and governor"s ethanol coalition extend partnership to promote ethanol

General Motors today announced that it would extend its partnership with the Governor"s Ethanol Coalition (GEC)—a bipartisan group of governors devoted to the promotion and increased use of ethanol—to provide several new E85-capable vehicles for use in GEC member states. The announcement was made today at the Texas State Capitol where GM presented 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.

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 flex-fuel vehicles to 28 states and organizations in order to demonstrate its commitment to ethanol, and educate the public and promote the benefits of using E85.

"We are delighted to continue our work with the GEC on this important campaign to promote the use of E85 in states across the country," said GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner. "Today"s announcement are just one of our many efforts to minimize the impact of our cars and trucks on the environment, including the 1.5 million GM vehicles already capable of using E85 fuel. GM will continue to work with organizations like the GEC to promote the use of E85 and the many available benefits for the environment, the economy and consumers."

"Texas is committed to promoting consumer support of renewable fuels like E85," said Lt. Gov. Dewhurst. "It"s good for the air we breathe and good for our local economy. And, with the largest concentration of flexible fuel vehicles in the country, we have a great opportunity to make this fuel available to drivers who can use it." As the principal supplier of E85 fuel for the growing number of E85 fueling stations, Javier Salgado, CEO of Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation commented, "We are excited to supply E85 to the local Texas fueling stations as we work with GM, the GEC and the State of Texas to encourage the use of E85 as a cleaner-burning fuel for our vehicles."

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."

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 flex-fuel 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 (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.

About GM:

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 www.gm.com.

About NEVC:

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 www.e85fuel.com.

About Abengoa Bioenergy:

Abengoa Bioenergy is a subsidiary of Abengoa S.A., a 1.8 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.


Dave Barthmuss
Manager, Public Policy, Environment & Energy Communications/North America
GM Global Policy Communications
Phone: 805-373-9572
Cell: 805-279-6414
E-mail: [email protected]

Christine Milligan
Mullen for General Motors
Phone: 978-468-8951
Cell: 917-841-2098
E-mail: [email protected]
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