Illinois Gov. Signs Bill Requiring Agencies to Buy Flex-Fuel Vehicles
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. --- Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich last Friday signed a bill requiring state agencies to purchase flexible fuel vehicles that can run on E-85, an 85-percent blend of ethanol and gasoline, and diesel-powered vehicles that run on B-5, a blend of 5-percent biodiesel and regular diesel fuel.The bill also encourages state agencies to purchase fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles."This bill will help further the progress we've made in recent years in building one of the largest green fleets in the nation," Gov. Blagojevich said. "By using biofuels to fuel state cars and trucks, we're helping the environment and supporting our farmers."To increase the number of large vehicles powered by biofuels, the bill also permits consumers to purchase large alternative fuel vehicles out of state, if they are not available in Illinois, and still qualify for a rebate program administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The rebate program offers up to $4,000 per vehicle to convert a conventional vehicle to a vehicle using alternative fuels, such as natural gas or propane. More details about the rebate program are available at www.illinoisgreenfleets.org.