A Texas GM dealer has opened the first public biofuel filling station in the US owned by a new car and truck dealership.
Classic Chevrolet/HUMMER in Texas, which sold more Chevrolet trucks than any dealer in the nation in 2007, spent more than $500,000 to install nine pumps dedicated to E85, E10 and biodiesel at the new Classic Clean Fuels station adjacent to its Mr. Good Wrench Quick Lube Plus and HUMMER dealership in suburban Dallas.
We sell a lot of trucks capable of running on alternative fuels like E85, and even though there has been some increased availability, we saw a need for more E85 pumps where drivers could fill up.—Charles Martin, general manager at Classic Chevrolet/HUMMER
CleanFUEL Distribution of Georgetown, Tex., provided a turnkey program to create the new station and supply the fuel. CleanFUEL also is converting the dealership’s onsite pump to E85, meaning all FlexFuel vehicles sold at Classic will start with a tank of E85.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which operates a rental branch within the Classic dealership, will dedicate a quarter of its fleet at the branch to GM FlexFuel models that will be filled at Classic Clean Fuels. It is the eighth FlexFuel Enterprise outlet in the country.
GM has pledged to double flex-fuel production by 2010 and make half its portfolio E85-capable by 2012.
As part of that commitment, GM’s HUMMER Division revealed the 2009 E85-capable H2 SUT at Classic Hummer on Friday, one of more than 15 FlexFuel models GM will offer for the 2009 model year. The H2 also will be E85 capable for 2009.