GM will offer a $1,000 fuel card with the purchase of any new 2006 or 2007 Chevrolet and GMC vehicles equipped with FlexFuel technology in the Chicago-Rockford and Minneapolis-St. Paul markets between 2 May and 31 July, 2006.
The promotion applies to the purchase of the new FlexFuel GMC Yukon, Yukon XL, Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, and Avalanche full-size SUVs; the FlexFuel Sierra and Silverado full-size pickups; and the FlexFuel Impala and Monte Carlo sedans.
The card offers customers the choice of purchasing E85 ethanol or gasoline at participating retail chains including Gas City and Road Ranger in the Chicago-Rockford market and the Holiday Station Stores, Kwik Trip, Cenex and Freedom locations in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Customers will be able to use the card for one year after the initial issue date or until the $1,000 limit is reached.
The E85 fuel card promotion will be available at more than 130 GMC and Chevrolet dealerships in Chicago-Rockford, and 88 dealerships in Minneapolis-St.Paul.
By offering an E85 fuel card with GM’s industry-leading number of flexible-fuel vehicles, we are providing our customers with the choice to operate their vehicles on a fuel that burns cleaner, supports the domestic agriculture industry and reduces our nation’s dependence on petroleum.—Elizabeth Lowery, GM VP of environment and energy
Based a fuel price of $ 2.91 per gallon of gasoline and $2.41 per gallon of E85 (current estimates from the DOE), the $1,000 card would provide about 5,400 miles of driving on E85 in a Tahoe, and about 5,800 miles of driving on gasoline. (The Tahoe is rated at 13 mpg on E85, 17 mpg on gasoline.)