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Ford Pushing E85 Ethanol Fuel


Ford Motor Company is bringing its commitment to American innovation to the heartland with a series of actions to boost the popularity, visibility and availability of energy-saving vehicles.  Ford is teaming up with energy partners, the public, city and state governments, and private companies to expand hybrids and vehicles capable of running on E85 ethanol.

Ford will launch the beginnings of a "Midwest Ethanol Corridor" -- expanding E85 ethanol fuel availability by about one-third throughout the states of Illinois and Missouri this year through the company's ongoing partnership with VeraSun Energy, a renewable energy company.  Actions to increase the availability of ethanol in neighboring states are planned, as well.

Ford also announced that it is working with the city of Chicago to put hybrid vehicles into service as taxi cabs beginning in 2007, as part of a plan being considered today by the Chicago City Council.  Ford is loaning the city an Escape Hybrid to serve as a training and education tool with taxi fleets and the public.  The Ford Escape Hybrid will help taxi companies reduce fuel expenses while helping to improve the air quality in the city.





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