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Convenience Store News: Shell, GM Spread E85 Awareness in Chicago

CHICAGO — General Motors will add 26 E85 refueling pumps to Chicago-area stations through collaborative partnerships with Shell Oil Products US and VeraSun Energy Corp. to boost the use and awareness of ethanol-based E85 fuel in the United States, reported Agriculture Online.
South Dakota-based VeraSun Energy, the nation's second-largest producer of ethanol, announced the availability of VE85 at 20 Gas City stations in the Chicago metro area. VE85 is VeraSun's branded E85, according to the report,
Shell will participate in a test pilot with GM to gauge consumer interest in alternative fuels by monitoring behavior at the pump. The company will supply E85 refueling pumps at approximately six stations in Chicago, Agriculture Online reported.
GM already has 1.5 million flexible-fuel vehicles on the road, which can run on any combination of gasoline and/or E85, a fuel blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The company has nine models that are E85-capable, and says it plans to add more than 400,000 E85-capable vehicles to the fleet in 2006, according to the report.
Later this year, all new GM FlexFuel vehicles will be equipped with yellow fuel caps at the factory to remind owners that their vehicles are E85-capable. Some current owners will receive the special caps as well, reported Agriculture Online.

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