|The I-65 Biofuels Corridor, with some of the station locations marked on the map (the numbers refer to the timeline of events on the promotional drive.) Click to enlarge.|
Interstate 65 is now “America’s First Biofuels Corridor” with the conclusion of a project to make E85 Ethanol and B20 Biodiesel available the entire 886-mile length of the Interstate, from Gary, Indiana to Mobile, Alabama. A driver is now no more than a quarter of a tank’s drive from a participating E85 retailer.
The $1.3 million federal project involved Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama, the four states through which I-65 travels. The project funded 31 E85 and five B20 stations in the states and one biodiesel blending facility on the Indiana-Ohio border. Indiana has 19 E85 pumps; Kentucky has one E85 pump; Tennessee has two E85 pumps; Alabama has eight E85/B20 pumps.
To mark the completion of the project, project officials and partners conducted a Fall Corridor Drive, 7-9 October 2008. One group started from Mobile and drove north, the other started in Gary and drove south. The two groups meet in Clarksville, Indiana on 9 October.
In 2005, there were no E85 or B20 fueling stations along I-65. With the completion of this project, there will be 31 refueling stations easily accessible from the Interstate. Overall, Indiana now has 123 biofuels refueling locations, Tennessee has 50, Kentucky has 34 and Alabama has 13. Those numbers continue to grow.
The project, which was started in 2006, partially funded infrastructure improvements to allow the sale of E85, B20 or both at fuel retailers along the corridor. Partners in the project include: The US Department of Energy; the Indiana Office of Energy & Defense Development; State of Tennessee BIOTENN Partnership, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), Central Indiana Clean Cities Alliance, Inc. (CICCA); South Shore Clean Cities, Inc. (SSCC); Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA); Indiana Corn Growers Association; America Lung Association of Indiana; Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC); Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition; General Motors; and the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC).