Construction of the I-75 Green Corridor Project, which began in 2009, is nearing completion and the partners in the six-state project are promoting it this week. The multi-state project started in Knoxville, Tennessee funded by the Department of Energy Clean Cities Program with the goal of allowing any driver to traverse any portion of I-75 and be able to make the entire trip running on either E85 or B20 biodiesel.
The project has significantly increased the availability of the biofuels E85 and B20 along the entire length of Interstate 75, which runs from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan at the Canadian border to Miami, Florida. Biofuels stations were added with the intent of filling in gaps in biofuels access along the corridor and adding more stations in metropolitan areas, such that a station of each type could be found no greater than 200 miles apart along the entire length of the interstate.
Since the project’s inception, more than 3.3 million gallons of biofuels have been sold from stations associated with the project, and 2.6 million gallons of petroleum—more than 61,000 barrels—have been displaced.
Thus far along the entire corridor, E85 has been installed at 26 fuel stations, and B20 has been installed at 9. These numbers are expected to increase in the coming months with another 6 stations coming online this summer. The project is now in its final year and has resulted in the 1,786-mile interstate becoming the world’s longest biofuels corridor, according to the partners.
There are nearly 100 flex fuel vehicle (FFV) models on the market today, and more than 10 million flex fuel vehicles already on the road. There are also a growing number of B20-capable vehicles, such as the diesel Chevy Cruz, diesel 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.