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General Motors Ethanol

Itís becoming increasingly common to see cars running on a combination of gas and ethanol. In most cases the vehicles run on 85 ethanol, a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. Ethanol is a mostly renewable fuel that can be made from biodegradable wastes and several plants, such as sugar cane, switchgrass, willow, and corn. General Motors is one of the auto companies embracing ethanol. The General Motors ethanol arm is dedicated to meeting the growing demand for E85 Flexfuel vehicles. In the U.S., there are already over 7 million E85-capable vehicles on the road. General Motors ethanol arm is the leader in E85 FlexFuel vehicles, with over 3.5 million FlexFuel vehicles. The companyís goal is to have half of annual vehicle production be E85 or biodiesel capable by 2012.

General Motors ethanol range includes 18 different FlexFuel vehicle models that can run on gasoline, E85 or any combination of the two. Although E85 contains less energy per gallon than gasoline, leading to reduced fuel economy, it often costs less than gasoline, which helps to offset the difference, adds General Motors.

The line-up of FlexFuel cars launched in 2009 by General Motors ethanol arm include Buick Lucerne, Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Cadillac Escalade EXT, Chevy Avalanche, Chevy Express, Chevy HHR, Chevy HHR Panel, Chevy Impala, Chevy Suburban, Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, GMC Savana, GMC Sierra, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Hummer H2 and Hummer H2 SUT.

In order to identify a General Motors ethanol vehicle, look for the FlexFuel badge on the rear of the vehicle or look for the yellow gas cap. There are currently about 1,600 E85 pumps nationwide, a considerable number that provides a viable alternative to conventional gasoline. To find a station near you, check out