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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - General Motors has facilitated plans for the launch of E85 ethanol fueling sites in the greater Tallahassee area, thanks to a partnership with Inland Food Stores and the State of Florida.
Under the partnership, Southwest Georgia Oil Co., Inc. will identify 16 additional fueling stations -- under the names Inland Fuel and SunStop convenience stores -- in Tallahassee and the surrounding area where E85 ethanol will begin to roll out between now and the beginning of 2007.
GM said it has been the catalyst behind several similar partnerships across the country as part of a broader national campaign to boost the use and awareness of ethanol-based E85 fuel in the United States. Since May 2005 GM has forged partnerships with states and fuel providers around the country to locate up to 170 new E85 ethanol fueling locations by the end of 2006.
E85 flexible-fuel vehicles can run on any combination of gasoline and/or E85 ethanol, a fuel blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. E85 ethanol 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.
At the beginning of 2006, GM also launched a major national advertising campaign, "Live Green, Go Yellow" to build consumer awareness around the benefits of E85 ethanol and GM's E85 flex-fuel vehicles. GM will help make it easier for consumers to locate E85 fueling stations by using its OnStar technology to provide directions to the nearest station when needed.
Based in Bainbridge, Ga., Southwest Georgia Oil Co., Inc. operates under the retail names Inland Fuel and SunStop convenience stores. The company operates 30 convenience locations throughout Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.