U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is announcing plans to boost the number of flex-fuel pumps capable of dispensing gas blended with higher concentrations of ethanol.
“Today, there are more than eight-million so-called flexible fuel vehicles, cars and trucks that run on a mixture of gas and 85-percent ethanol,” Vilsack says. “Many folks who own these vehicles may have a difficult time accessing the necessary fuel. That’s why we want to make an announcement that is designed to, over time, reduce the lack of access to the fuel itself.”
Nebraska is the nation’s number-two ethanol producing state, behind only Iowa. Vilsack notes, there are roughly 110,000 gas stations in the U.S., but only 2,300 have flex-fuel pumps to dispense E85.
Vilsack says the goal is to add at least 10,000 flex-fuel pumps across the country over the next five years. The plan involves the government offering financial incentives for gas stations to install the pumps.
“It’s going to allow us at USDA to provide grants and loan guarantees, for the first time, to folks at convenience stores, gas stations and petroleum marketers who are wishing to install flexible fuel pumps,” Vilsack said.
There are nearly 60 gas stations in Nebraska that offer E-85. Find one near you by visiting: http://e85vehicles.com/e85-nebraska.htm