General Motors continued to focus on its national ethanol campaign (earlier post) with plans for the addition of approximately 20 new E85 ethanol fueling sites in the southeast Michigan area through a collaborative partnership with Meijer and CleanFUEL USA.
GM made the announcement during an event at the Michigan State Capitol presided over by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.
As part of the partnership, GM will promote the availability of the fuel through consumer and dealer outreach. The effort is similar to announcements GM has already made with other state government, oil industry, ethanol producers, and retail partners in Sioux Falls, SD; California, Chicago, and Texas.
GM, Meijer and CleanFuelUSA will work together to identify retail locations in Lansing, Grand Rapids, Warren, Pontiac, Detroit, Rochester, and Brighton over the next few months, with one station scheduled to immediately open in Jackson this week.
Michigan is currently among the nation’s leading corn producers with more than 257 million bushels a year and is 11th in the nation in terms of overall ethanol production. The state is also home to one of the largest concentrations of GM’s E85 flexible fuel vehicles in the country with 140,000 GM company vehicle drivers and members of the general public.
GM also provided an E85-capable Chevrolet Tahoe to the state for use in Michigan as part of a campaign to promote ethanol and E85-capable vehicles. As part of the campaign, the governor’s office will showcase the vehicle in various ways and events throughout the year.